Capetonians gear up for that ‘Oktoberfest vibe’
CAPETONIANS can look forward to litre steins of craft beer, bockwurst sausages and people dressed in dirndls and lederhosen when the sixth annual Tops at Spar Bierfest kicks off at Newlands Brewery next weekend.
The fest, modelled on Germany’s famous Munich Oktoberfest, is taking place between Friday and next Sunday.
Bierfest owner Andrew Douglas said attendees could expect an “authentic Oktoberfest vibe”, which includes not only drinking beer to the sound of traditional oompah music, but also “milking a life-size imported Bavarian cow against the clock”.
Guests will also be able to take part in a best-dressed competition, have a go at trying a short, sharp dose of Bavarian snuff tobacco, and test their strength in a stein-lifting competition.
As in previous years, a special beer has been brewed for the event.
Brewmasters from SA Breweries have created the Royal Bavaria beer from a blend of Vienna and Munich malts.
“It has moderate toasted malt aromas and very low hop aromas present.
“It is a complex flavour with distinctive maltiness and some toasted flavours,” said the organisers.
Craft beer from Newlands Spring Brewery will also be available, including its Mountain Weiss, Jacob’s Pale Ale and Passionate Blonde beers.
There will also be a range of SAB beer for sale, as well as some wine and soft drinks.
To go with their selection of craft beers, organisers have promised what they call “wunderbavarian platters to mouth- vortering schnacks”, including bockwurst and bratwurst sausages, chicken schnitzel and whole roast pork knuckles.
Visit www.bierfest.co.za for information on how to buy tickets, which start at R125. No under-18s are allowed.