It’s October. And you know what what means, right? Oktoberfest time! We’ll be celebrating at the Windhoek Oktoberfest at Meerendal Wine Estate this year, and we want YOU to join!
The Windhoek Oktoberfest is your way to join an authentic Oktoberfest, without having to travel to Germany! Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) has over the past 3 years brought the authentic Windhoek Oktoberfest to Cape Town, which this year promises to be bigger and better at a different venue. We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Windhoek Oktoberfest Cape Town will be hosted at Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville on 2 and 3 November 2018. Situated on the Visserhoek Road, this upmarket venue offers ample parking located in close proximity to the all-weather, aluminium-frame 60×30 Marquee.
The Windhoek Oktoberfest is catering for everyone. Come Friday if you want a good evening with friends (no under 18s), or come Saturday when you can bring the whole family along. There are limited VIP tickets for Friday night as well, if you want to up your experience at the festival.
Friday 2 November – Friday General Access Tickets are R150 if you book before 31 October via Quicket here, or R195 at the gate. Festival starts at 6pm and goes on until 11pm. Strictly no under 18s allowed on Friday.
Friday 2 November – VIP Tickets are R395 and includes access to a VIP area, 1 liter beer mug, food platter, and access to waitrons.
Saturday 3 November family tickets are available via Quicket here at R150 early bird (before 31 October), or get them at the gate at R195 a person. Children 12+ are R120, and children under 12 are free. The day kicks off at 12pm and runs to 11pm.
The festival has a lineup you can’t miss, read below to see what you can expect this year:
Fest Beer: The opening of the keg will take place on Friday 02 November. 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” exclusively brewed for the Oktoberfest by Brew Master, Christian Müller. This authentic German beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law.
An interesting note is that NBL offers a special training program to become a certified skilled German brewer craftsman. This entails a 3-4 years in-house training in all fields of brewing and includes German lessons covering reading, speaking and writing. A 6-month full scholarship in Germany to become a certified German brewer follows which enables brewers to work all over the world. Bachelor and Master Studies can subsequently also be obtained in Munich, Ulm or Berlin.
Main Band – The Kirchdorfer band: They have been the official band in the “Hacker-Festzelt” at the Oktoberfest in Munich since 1994 and we are thrilled to once again have this legendary band perform at the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town. The Kirchdorfer band has also completed 100 tours in 17 countries thus far.
Supporting Act – Die Broers: Over-and-above the Kirchdorfer band, we are thrilled to announce that local celebrities, Die Broers made up of Snyman brothers Christo, Cobus and Stephan will be performing on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November. Well-known for their hit with “Huistoe” (meaning Home in Afrikaans) in 2008 for which they won “Best Song of the Year” in the Tempo Awards, get ready to party the day away with great entertainment!
Schuhplattler Dancers: Schuhplattler is a traditional style of folk dance from Bavaria and Tyrol. In this male only dance, the performers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their shoes (Schuhe), thighs and knees with their hands held flat (platt). Fun fact: a man can only be part of the group whilst a bachelor.
Traditional 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 specialties 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 but 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.
Kids Area: Kids will be able to enjoy a wide variety of fun-filled activities catering for all ages. Physical jumping and climbing options will be on offer as well as face-painting, arts and crafts. Parents can relax in full eye-view of their kids in a shaded area with close proximity to the music.
Cashless Card Wristbands: We will be running a cashless event this year and will be making use of cashless wristbands that can be purchased on arrival and loaded with spending funds. Funds can also be preloaded via a secure website prior to the event and top-up stations will be available to add further funds if required. Any funds that are not used can be claimed via the website and will be reimbursed to the client.
Ticket competition: If you book through Quicket 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.
Make sure you follow the event on social media here!