Drink and be merry at the Ok­to­ber­fest

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EVENTS at Hill­crest Quarry are noth­ing if not var­ied. This week­end it’s all about oys­ters and bub­bles, next Fri­day and Satur­day there’s a change of pace with a tra­di­tional Wind­hoek Ok­to­ber­fest brought to you by Namibia Brew­eries.

A com­bi­na­tion of Ger­man food, games and ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and Namibian beer, Fri­day night is for over-18s only, but on Satur­day you can take your chil­dren for a great fam­ily day out. All the beer on of­fer has been brewed ac­cord­ing to the Rein­heits­ge­bot, the 1516 Bavarian Pu­rity Law which re­stricts and reg­u­lates in­gre­di­ents which can be used in Ger­man beer pro­duc­tion to en­sure a purer, more per­fect prod­uct. There will be a “Fest­bier” which is brewed spe­cially for the Ok­to­ber­fest by braumeis­ter Chris­tian M ller. Also avail­able will be the Stel­len­brau Jonkers Weiss­bier.

High­lights at the week­end in­clude the 500th an­niver­sary of the Rein­heits­ge­bot and per­for­mances by the Kirch­dor­fer band, which has been the of­fi­cial band in the “Hacker-Festzelt” at the Ok­to­ber­fest in Mu­nich since 1994 and will be fly­ing in from there to per­form at the Cape Town Ok­to­ber­fest.

Typ­i­cal of a tra­di­tional fair, there will be lots of games of which the most prom­i­nent are “stamm- sä­gen” ( log saw­ing), “bier­stem­men” ( beer lift­ing), “hau den lukas” (high striker), beer pong and catty shoot­ing. These games will be hosted by mem­bers of MatieKa, a Ger­man car­ni­val hosted in Stel­len­bosch.

Tra­di­tional Ger­man food on the menu will in­clude schweine haxn (pork knuckle), schweine­braten (pork roast), bretzn (pret­zels), weis­s­wurst, bratwurst, obatzda (Bavarian cheese) and much more.

Ok­to­ber­fest is the world’s largest beer fes­ti­val, cel­e­brated an­nu­ally in Mu­nich, Ger­many – usu­ally in the sec­ond half of Septem­ber, go fig­ure. The first Ok­to­ber­fest was held in 1810 in hon­our of the Bavarian Crown Prince Lud­wig’s mar­riage to Princess Therese von Sach­sen-Hild­burghausen.

Tick­ets are R120 from Com­puticket and R150 at the gate, which opens at 6pm on Fri­day and 10am on Satur­day, un­til late. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 021 551 3683 or email info@ eventsand­more.co.za.

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