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5 facts about this year’s Oktoberfest in Cape Town

2016-08-15 20:00

Cape Town – The countdown has begun for the traditional Oktoberfest Cape Town.

Don’t know what Oktoberfest is?

You basically have to like everything German, but especially German beer. 

Check out these 5 facts about the festival:

1) 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. And now, South Africa will play host to the official Oktoberfest Cape Town brought to you by Namibian Breweries at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville.

2) All the beer at the festival has been brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law.

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.

3) There will be a special "Festbier" available which is brewed specially for the Oktoberfest by braumeister Christian Müller.

4) 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 Cape Town Oktoberfest.

5) Typical to a traditional fair, there will also be lots of games of which the most prominent are "Stamm-sägen" (Log-Sawing).

Other games include "Bierstemmen" (Beer-Lifting), "Hau den Lukas" (High Striker ), Nageln, Beer Pong and Catty shooting. 

Event details:

Date: 21 and 22 October

Venue: Hilcrest Quarry, Durbanville

Venue: Hilcrest Quarry, Durbanville


Tickets are R120 from Computicket and R150 at the gate. Friday no under18`s and Saturday is family day. Kids under 12 free entry on Saturday. Gates open Friday 18h00 till late and Saturday 10h00 till late. Contact no for queries: 021 551 3683 or email 

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