The countdown has begun for the traditional Oktoberfest Cape Town, brought to revellers by Namibia Breweries at Hillcrest Quarry Durbanville on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22. The event promises the combination of great German food, games and activities, world-class entertainment and of course beer, brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law. Friday night is for over 18’s only and on Saturday you can bring your kids for a great family day out.
Oktoberfest is the world`s largest beer festival, celebrated annually in Munich, Germany. The first Oktoberfest was held in the 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.
The opening of the keg will take place on the 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 Mϋller. 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 Octoberfest in Munich since 1994 and will be flying in straight from there to perform at the Cape Town Oktoberfest. Typical of a traditional fair, there will also be lots of games, of which the most prominent are “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.
To ensure your spot at the table, book your tickets via Computicket at the discounted price of R120. Tickets will also be sold at the gate at R150. Kids under 12 enter for free on the Saturday.
Gates open on the Friday at 6pm till late and Saturday from 10am till late. For more information, call 021 551 3683; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit
www.windhoekoktoberfest.com, or www.facebook.com/windhoekoktoberfest.