Cape Town - The countdown has begun for the annual Oktoberfest Cape Town, brought to you by Namibia Breweries and Events and More.
Taking place over the weekend from Friday, 20, to Sunday, 22 October, the event promises a perfect combination of great German food, games & activities, world-class entertainment and excellent Namibian beer.
Oktoberfest is the world`s largest beer festival, celebrated annually in Munich, Germany. The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honour of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
Over the centuries it has grown to be one of the most important traditional festivities in the Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled on the original Munich event.
Here in South Africa, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville Winelands will play host to the official Oktoberfest Cape Town.
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Here's what you can expect
The opening of the keg will take place on Friday night. With the exclamation “O`zapft is!” (“It`s tapped!”), the first beer is handed to the mayor of the city who then declares the Oktoberfest officially open.
The Reinheitsgebot was introduced and adopted in Bavaria in 1516, restricting and regulating the ingredients that could be used in German beer production to ensure a purer, more perfect product.
What makes the Oktoberfest Cape Town extra special is that all the beers on offer have been brewed according to this law, so their quality is unmatched.
There will be a special “Festbier” available which is brewed specially for the Oktoberfest by Braumeister Christian Miller. Also available will be the Stellenbrau Jonkers Weissbier.
Highlights over the weekend, amongst others, include the 500 years celebration of the Reinheitsgebot and performances by the Kirchdorfer band. They have been the official band in the “Hacker-Festzelt” at the Oktoberfest in Munich since 1994 and will be flying in straight from there to perform at the Cape Town Oktoberfest.
Typical to a traditional fair, there will also be lots of games, including “Stamm-sägen” (Log-Sawing), “Bierstemmen” (Beer-Lifting), “Hau den Lukas” (High Striker ), Nageln, beer pong and catty shooting.
Traditional German food on the menu will include Schweine Haxn (Pork Knuckle), Schweinebraten (Pork Roast), Bretzn (Pretzels), Weisswurst, Bratwurst, Obatzda and much more.
SEE: Beer flowing in Munich: Thousands head to Oktoberfest
Where: Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville Winelands
When: Friday, 20 - Sunday, 22 October
Cost: Tickets are R140 from Computicket and R160 at the gate
NOTE: Friday no under 18's and Sunday is a family day. Kids under 12 get free entry on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is for the whole family, with carnival fair rides for kids. Gates open Friday 18:00 till late, and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 till late.
Corporate Tables for Friday night: The opening night on Friday is for bookings of 8 only and is ideal for team building, a special client event or just getting a group of good friends and family together. Package options available through Computicket.
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