Ok­to­ber­fest En Kweyol

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lauren Hack­shaw

L ushan Coun­try Life came alive this week with the launch of the tenth an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest En Kwéyòl. As guests ar­rived to the venue on Wed­nes­day evening, they were greeted by ladies wear­ing Kwéyòl at­tire, mu­si­cians play­ing tra­di­tional in­stru­ments, and Stassen – a sparkling cider from Bel­gium.

Ok­to­ber­fest is an an­nual tra­di­tion, a cel­e­bra­tion of beer in the month of Oc­to­ber that orig­i­nated in Ger­many. A num­ber of coun­tries have adopted the tra­di­tion with their own cul­tural twist.

Speak­ing at the event Pi­ton Brand Man­ager, Sylvester Henry told the gath­er­ing, “That’s what we in­tended to do when we con­cep­tu­alised Ok­to­ber­fest ten years ago.” He con­tin­ued, “We added ‘En Kweyol’, and we’ve stuck to that theme by bring­ing in cre­ole food and mu­sic.”

To­day, the fes­ti­val of­fers the per­fect mar­riage of an in­ter­na­tional beer fes­ti­val and scrump­tious lo­cal cui­sine, against the back­drop of Saint Lu­cia’s cul­ture and her­itage.

“It has been such a plea­sure for us to con­tinue to bring into Saint Lu­cia world-class events such as Ok­to­ber­fest that cel­e­brate what we pro­duce,” stated Mindy Chicot, Ju­nior Brand Man­ager of the Wind­ward and Lee­ward Brewery.

Mindy Chicot noted that one of the best parts of the fes­ti­val was how much Saint Lu­cians had em­braced it.

“As we recog­nise this mile­stone that has quickly crept up on us, we must thank our Saint Lu­cian pop­u­lace for al­low­ing Ok­to­ber­fest En Kwéyòl to truly be part of Kwéyòl Her­itage Month cel­e­bra­tions,” Mindy en­thused.

Beers to be tasted at this year’s host­ing of Ok­to­ber­fest in­clude Paulaner (Ger­many), Parbo (Suri­nam), Des­per­a­dos Mo­jito, Heineken H41, Ap­ple Ban­dit Cider, and Dragon Stout, to name a few. There will also be a wide ar­ray of lo­cal cui­sine, and per­for­mances from lo­cal acts such as The Se­cret Band, DYP, and “the God Fa­ther of Cadence­lypso”, George Hen­der­son, lead singer of Ex­ile One.

Ok­to­ber­fest En Kwéyòl will take place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1 at the Pi­geon Is­land Na­tional Land­mark.

Madras and win­ning smiles – the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to a much-an­tic­i­pated event.

Ok­to­ber­fest En Kwéyòl will fea­ture live per­for­mances from lo­cal bands.

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