Windhoek Oktoberfest 2015 officially launched
The 57th annual Windhoek Oktoberfest was officially launched on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Arguably the best Oktoberfest in Africa, this much anticipated event on the Namibian entertainment calendar will for the first time in its history be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa on the 23rd and 24th October 2015.
Norbert Wurm, member of the Windhoek Oktoberfest organizing committee: “Passion shown by the Bavarians toward the annual Oktoberfest is an immense contributor to the success this event has grown to become. Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - share the same passion for our products, and for Namibia and its people. NBL was thus drawn to this global annual activity and committed to joining in with the rest of the world in the celebration of the Oktoberfest. The successful partnership over the years, since the inception of the Windhoek Oktoberfest between the SKW and NBL continues to grow from strength to strength to bring you yet another great event.”
The event, scheduled to take place from 30 to 31 October this year, has seen tremendous growth in popularity over the past few years with a steady rise in the number of visitors. Wurm adds: “Our excellent Namibian beer brewed according to the purity law, the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 is not the only thing visitors to the Windhoek Oktoberfest can expect. Great German food, traditional games & activities, as well as world-class entertainment will add to the excitement that awaits Windhoek Oktoberfest supporters. This will include the popular world-class Oktoberfest band – the Kirchdorfer – straight from the original Oktoberfest in Münich, where they’ve been performing in the Hacker-Festzelt, every year since 1994. They bring the true Oktoberfest spirit to all corners of the globe. And of course, in support of our local talent, we are proud to present to you the well-known and highly talented Wikaphonikern who will make sure that everyone stays entertained with excellent live music offering.”
Traditional Bavarian games such as the ever-popular mechanical bull-riding, archery, log-sawing and beer-lifting for the ladies also promises to bring exciting entertainment to the participants. In addition, the Windhoek Oktoberfest’s very own beer queen will be crowned to represent the Oktoberfest during the year to come. Ladies interested in the beer queen competition can apply online and stand a chance to win a trip to Cape Town and become an ambassador for sophisticated beer culture.
Like every year for the past 5 years, the event will be held at the SKW sports club in large beer tents, with long tables and benches. All local Namibia Breweries’ beers will be available, as well as an Oktoberfest “Festbier” brewed specially for the event. NBL’s own Camelthorn Weissbier and the Erdinger Weissbier will also be available at the fest. The Windhoek Oktoberfest celebrates authentic German traditions fuelled by Namibian passion and quality local beers. Round off your Windhoek Oktoberfest experience with traditional Bavarian costumes - the ‘Dirndl’ for the ladies and the ‘Lederhosen’ for the gents. For more on this and how to get hold of a specially designed ‘Namibian Dirndl’, those interested can visit the Dirndl page
In aim of bringing the purity, premium experience to our consumers in South Africa, NBL has decided to include its SA clientele in the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. As a result, for the first time in the history of the Oktoberfest, Cape Town will join the globe in celebrating the popular Oktoberfest at the Hillcrest Quary, Durbanville in Cape Town from 23 to 24 October 2015. For more information visit the Cape Town Oktoberfest Website.
From log sawing and beer lifting to high striker and mechanical bull riding, the annual 2016 Windhoek Oktoberfest will once again bring to the table a cultural celebration coupled with good food, authentic games and loads of fun for the entire family, as it has become known for over the past years.