5 reasons why you should attend Oktoberfest at Hillcrest Quarry

2017-09-08 13:09

Cape Town – It’s almost the month of October, and with that comes the celebration of the golden, thirst-quenching nectar, beer. 

And this year's, Oktoberfest will not be a one-day celebration only, but a whole weekend from Friday, 20 October to Sunday 22 October 2017.  

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.

Check out these 5 reasons why should attend Oktoberfest:

1) The incredible venue!

Here in South Africa, one of the most incredible venues in Cape Town, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville Winelands, will play host to the official Windhoek Oktoberfest Cape Town brought to you by Namibian Breweries. 

2) Of course, the 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.

3) The Kirchdorfer band will be performing

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 Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town.

The Schuhplattler dancers will also be performing. 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).  

4) The food

It's hard to compete with hearty melt-in-your-mouth German dishes which complement your beer perfectly. Hartlief, well 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.  

5) Lots to do!

Saturday and Sunday will also include performances by The Kirchdorfer band and Schuhplattler Dancers, as well as performances by another two traditional bands that will be playing contemporary German tunes. 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.

Festival info:

Friday 20 October
This opening night is for over 18’s. Bookings are for groups of 8 people per table only. There are 2 different packages on offer:
Platinum package R2 800 for 8 people - Includes a 1LT branded beer mug per person, a snack platter comprising of traditional meats, cheeses and breads on the tables and access to a waitron
Gold package R2000 for 8 people - Includes a 1LT branded beer mug per person and access to a waitron

Saturday 21 October and Sunday 22 October 2017 
These days are for the whole family. 

For Saturday and Sunday: R140 online and R160 at the gate. 
Kids under 12 free entry on Saturday and Sunday. 

Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are available from Computicket.

Gates open:
Friday at 18:00 till late
Saturday 12:00 till late
Sunday 12:00 till 18:00. 

If you book through Computicket you will automatically stand a chance to win an all- expenses paid trip to the Windhoek Oktoberfest 2018 in Windhoek. The prize includes flights, accommodation and entrance to the Oktoberfest.  

Contact no for queries: 061 004 7410 and info@eventsandmore.co.za.

For more info on the official festival website, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photos: Supplied)

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