Calamari Festival


The 2022 Calamari Festival, organised by St Francis Tourism is scheduled for Friday, 23 September and Saturday, 24 September 2022

The Festival complements the long-standing Calamari Golf & Bowls Classics and building on the success of the inaugural event in 2017, 2018 and 2019 was outstanding. With the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions no festival was possible in 2020. In 2021 we went Deconstructed but this year we are back with a program of note!  

The main sponsor of the Calamar Festival is Kouga Municipality, endorsing their vision of being the events capital of SA. 

The weekend kicks-off with the Calamari Tops Wine Festival on Friday, 23 September from 16h00 - you will be able to enjoy the fine wines of at least 15 top wine farms and snack on CALAMARI. 

The main attraction is the Calamari Cook Off. This year we plan to have at least 30 teams competing for the title of Calamari King/Queen. Visitors to the festival will be able to buy tasting tickets to taste the different calamari dishes from all over the world and vote for their favorite dish. 

Karoo Radio partnered with Calamari Festival and will broadcast live from the festival on Saturday, 24 September. The ever popular St Francis Market will be open from 9am to 4pm, Offering you a wide variety of good quality products, yummy foods and sweet treats. More food and craft stalls will fill up the space and offer something for everyone. 

Saturday evening promises to be a JOL - dinner, live music, entertainment and a DJ will sure make it a night to remember. 

For more information on the Calamari Festival, please contact St Francis Tourism on (042) 294 0076 or Hantie van der Westhuizen on 083 294 2211 or send us a mail to

Check out our Calamari Festival Facebook page to keep up to date with the program and events around this year's Festival.