Experience Oktoberfest without travelling to Germany

Experience Oktoberfest without travelling to Germany

Due to the popularity of the 2016 Windhoek Oktoberfest, Namibia Breweries and Events and More have decided to run this year`s festivities over the whole weekend from Friday to Sunday, October 20 to 22. The weekend promises a combination of Namibian Beer, German food, games and activities and “world-class” entertainment. Friday night is for over 18`s only and on Saturday and Sunday you can bring your kids for a family day out.

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, celebrated annually in Munich, Germany. Here in South Africa, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville Winelands will play host to the official Windhoek Oktoberfest Cape Town, presented by Namibian Breweries.

One of the exciting aspects of Oktoberfest is the dressing up in traditional Bavarian German outfits for the event.

The opening night on the Friday will be sold per table of eight and is ideal for team building, a special client event or just getting a group of good friends and family together for a fun filled experience. Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd will be family days with extra activities available for the kids.

The programme:

Fest Beer

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 or representative of the city, who then declares the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town officially open. This is a special “Festbier” available which is brewed specially for the Oktoberfest by braumeister Christian Müller. This authentic German beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law.

The Kirchdorfer band will be performing

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 Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town. Catch them live at Windhoek Oktoberfest on the Friday all night, Saturday at 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 8pm and 10.30pm and on Sunday at 3.30pm and 4.45pm. There will also be further live entertainment by bands and DJ’s throughout the weekend.

Schuhplattler dancers

Schuhplattler is a traditional style of folk dance. In this dance, the performers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their shoes (Schuhe), thighs and knees with their hands held flat (platt).

Traditional Food

It’s hard to compete with hearty melt-in-your-mouth German dishes which complement your beer perfectly. Hartlief, known for its comprehensive variety of high quality meats, will be serving up traditional specialities, bringing the taste of the Munich Festival right to your door-step. Look forward to traditional Eisbein, Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut und Senf and roast chicken, to mention a few.

Activities on the Saturday

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.

Activities on the Sunday

As is tradition in Germany Sunday is family day and the organisers will be duly following that practice. There will be “plenty of entertainment” for Mom’s, Dad’s and children. Sunday will include a fair ground offering a variety of fun rides, jumping castles, face painting and games. The Kehraus (farewell celebration) will be announced with the ringing of a bell to bring the event to an end after a fun-filled day.

* Book tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Computicket.

For more information, call 061 004 7410; send an email to info@eventsandmore.co.za; or visit www.windhoekoktoberfest.com.