Another Suc­cess­ful Stag­ing of Ok­to­ber­fest en Kweyol

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The sev­enth an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest en Kweyol is be­ing hailed as a re­sound­ing suc­cess. That is the word from the or­ga­niz­ers Wind­ward and Leeward Brew­ery Ltd (WLBL) who staged the event on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 5 at Sa­maans Park. The in­di­ca­tors of the suc­cess in­cluded the ca­pac­ity crowd at the venue, the va­ri­ety of Cre­ole food avail­able, the crowd re­sponse to the “live” per­for­mances and, of course, the beers. Most pa­trons too, gave the event the thumbs-up. And, although some late-com­ers did com­plain about the “run­ning out” of some of the beers, truth is the early birds got their brew. Not only did per­sons ar­riv­ing early have their fill of the free brew-masters spe­cial, they also tried all of the im­ported beers and stocked up on enough to take home too.

Ac­cord­ing to Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at WLBL Thomas Leonce, each year the company at­tempts to in­crease stock of the popular beers. “What you find is that some of the more popular beers like the Parbo Djogo from Suri­name are al­ways the first to, go see­ing it is a very big beer quite un­com­mon in th­ese parts and is great value for money,” Leonce says. And the fact that this might be the last ap­pear­ance by the Parbo Bier Djogo at Ok­to­ber­fest made it a much more in-de­mand prod­uct.

Among the other popular beers Sun­day,was the Paulaner spe­cial edi­tion Ok­to­ber­fest beer from Ger­many, Brand Zwaar Blond and Af­fligem Blond from Bel­gium and Guin­ness Ex­tra Stout im­ported from Ire­land. But it was the two ciders that were par­tic­u­lar all-round hits. Jillz Cider and the in­tro­duc­tion of Strongbow Ap­ple Ciders Honey into the Saint Lu­cian mar­ket was a de­lec­ta­ble treat for pa­trons, par­tic­u­larly the ladies.

Some pa­trons how­ever stuck to what they knew and the Heineken draft stand flowed all evening. Other WLBL brands such as Pi­ton Beer, the all new Pi­ton Radler, Des­per­a­dos tequila flavoured beer (the orig­i­nal and Des­per­a­dos Red) Guin­ness and Strongbow Gold were also avail­able .

And for those who were able to pull away from the food oa­sis and bars, if only for a mo­ment, the en­ter­tain­ment on stage was just as riv­et­ing. With MC Jor­dan as host, DJ HP filled in the gaps be­tween acts and kept the au­di­ence on its feet through­out. The Se­cret Solo band and Avot Servis cer­tainly tried to outdo each other, fus­ing tra­di­tional Cre­ole rhythms with more mod­ern up-tempo con­cepts. Th­ese two groups placed the stamp on the Cre­ole authenticity of the event while Light­ing Stars with its dance, limbo and fire-eat­ing act was also quite en­thralling.

Cle­tus “Hal­ibut” Abra­ham de­liv­ered a reper­toire of au­then­tic Cadance songs like the popular “Mal Elever” with DYP as the back-up band. And be­fore the band could jam the night away, bring­ing the event to an en­thralling close, Pi­ton Soca Starz per­form­ers Mighty and DRC had some fun on stage, en­gag­ing the au­di­ence in their new-wave Cre­ole mu­sic.

Judg­ing by the suc­cess of this year’s event, or­ga­niz­ers say it is back to the draw­ing board to make next year’s Ok­to­ber­fest en Kweyol even big­ger and bet­ter. They are also con­tem­plat­ing a larger venue with which to cre­ate an even more en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for pa­trons. But for now the word on pa­trons’ lips is that “Ok­to­ber­fest en Kweyol” was a great tie-in with Jounen Kweyol here in Saint Lu­cia.

Ok­to­ber­fest en Kweyol is now a sta­ple on the na­tional cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties and is the first of­fi­cial ac­tiv­ity for Cre­ole Her­itage Month in Oc­to­ber, en­dorsed by the Folk Re­search Cen­ter. The event was also en­dorsed by the Saint. Lu­cia Tourist Board and sup­ported by of­fi­cial me­dia part­ners The Wave 94.5 and Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional 101.1 as well as Land­mark Events, and Par­adise Wa­ter, the of­fi­cial wa­ter of the fes­ti­val.

WLBL says a big thank you to all the spon­sors, pa­trons, sup­pli­ers and friends for mak­ing the event what it is and looks for­ward to mak­ing it even more spe­cial in 2015.

Light­ing Stars takes limbo danc­ing to new heights at

Ok­to­ber­fest.

The lead singer of Avot Servis en­ter­tain­ing

the au­di­ence.

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