Is the best part about October the warm weather returning to Cape Town? Or is it the copious number of Oktoberfest events – lots of eisbein, lederhosen, oompah music and, of course, a licence to drink an endless amount of beer out of unfeasibly large glasses. To help you celebrate the beloved German festival as authentically as possible, Benn van der Westhuizen has found some of the best Oktoberfest-themed experiences planned for the coming weeks in and around Cape Town.
The Windhoek Oktoberfest makes its way to Cape Town, promising guests an authentic Munich-style event with a perfect combination of great German food, traditional games and activities, oompah-style bands, and of course loads of Fest Bier.
The opening of the keg takes place on Friday 2 November, with “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”) exclaimed as the first beer is handed to the mayor or representative of the city, who then declares the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town officially open. Fest Bier is specially brewed by Namibia Breweries according to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law. Guests can complement the traditional beer with some hearty melt-in-the-mouth German dishes, such as Eisbein, Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut und Senf, roast chicken and much more.
The festivities continue with live music by The Kirchdorfer band and Die Broers, as well as a performance of the traditional folk dance from Bavaria and Tyrol by the Schuhplattler Dancers. While Saturday sees a typical traditional German fair with games like Stamm-sägen (log-sawing), Bierstemmen (beer-lifting), Hau den Lukas (high striker), Nageln, Beer Pong and Catty Shooting. And to keep the young ones entertained, a kids area is filled with jumping and climbing options, as well as face-painting and arts and crafts for all ages.
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville
When: 2 Nov 6pm to 11pm | 3 Nov 12 noon to 11pm
Cost: Early bird R150 | R195 at the gate | VIP R395 | U17s R120 | U12s free | Tickets available via Quicket
TOPS AT SPAR BIERFEST
It’s time to break out your lederhosen, because South Africa’s favourite Bierfest fest is back – this time with even more beer. The TOPS at SPAR Bierfest gives fans a world-class, oompah-rock-fuelled festival, celebrating all things “Biervarian”.
In the town square of Biervaria, feisty Frauleins float on a river of beer, paddled along by beefy Bierboys. Dine on some eisbein while an authentic oompah band and a five-piece rock ‘n roll outfit duel it out onstage. Mayor Klaus Uberhüber has enlisted The Songscape Oompah Band to provide the polka and traditional German flavour, while the raging riffs of the mighty Rockerfellas crank the amp up, followed by DJ Schnitzel, who brings the party home.
Those who have been to the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest know that it is traditional to play a game or two while enjoying the beer. So if you know how to milk a cow, saw a log, play air guitar or curl a bierstein better than anyone else, you could win fantastic prizes. As always, prizes will be awarded to the best dressed Biervarians so don’t be afraid to go all out.
Where: Sun Exhibits, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood
When: Friday evening (28 Sep) 7pm to 12 midnight | Saturday afternoon (29 Sep) 12 noon to 5pm | Saturday evening (29 Sep) 7pm to 12 midnight
Cost: Standard Bier Hall R175 | Uber Bier Hall R275 | Brauhaus Package R615 | Braumeister Package R1 175 | Tickets can be bought via Quicket.
HOGHOUSE BREWERY’S HOGTOBER FEST
Most Oktoberfest events only last a day or two – but not at Hoghouse Brewery. Their Hogtober Fest is a week-long African beer and German ‘feastival’, featuring a host of events to get Cape Town in Oktoberfest mood.
Hoghouse will be smoking some Eisbein and other pork delicacies, as well as running a special a la carte menu during the week, to make their guests feel as though they are in Munich itself. In addition, each evening sees a fun German-themed activity in honour of Oktoberfest – all culminating in a German-style long table dinner feast to end the week on a high note.
2 Oct: Game of Wines (German Varietals) | R200 pp | A light-hearted blind tasting quiz game.
3 Oct: Beats ‘n Beer | Free entry | A live performance by vintage-inspired electro-swing jazz and blues band, Pravda.
4 Oct: Game of Beers (German beer styles) | R100 pp | An informative blind tasting of local and imported beers and craft beer.
5 Oct: Free Beer Friday (tasting and games) | Free | Dress up in your lederhosen and dirndl.
6 Oct: Long Table Dinner | R375 pp; bottomless Weiss beer R125 | A German-styled feast, with a 3-course set menu
Where: Unit 4 Technosquare, 42 Morningside Rd, Ndabeni
When: Tue, 2 Oct 6.30pm to 9.30pm | Wed, 3 Oct 6pm to 9pm | Thu, 4 Oct 6.30pm to 9.30pm | Fri, 5 Oct 4pm to 10pm | Sat, 6 Oct 6pm to 10pm
ATLANTIC BEACH’S OKTOBERFEST
Atlantic Beach Country Club boasts expansive views over the sea and to Melbosstrand. With a fabulous line-up of esteemed local craft breweries, wineries and food trucks as well as rugby (SA v NZ) on the big screen and a jumping castle for the children, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy at the Atlantic Beach Oktoberfest 2018. Put your beer pong skills to the test at the fun tournament, or dust off your dirndl and lederhosen for the Best Dressed awards to be issued at the event.
Traditional German Fayre on offer includes Curry Wurst, Smoked Eisbein, Sauerkraut, Giant Pretzels and more will be on offer as well as delicious offering from local food trucks. All accompanied by a traditional Oompah Band to set a pleasant atmosphere. Wine lovers won’t be left out and can look forward to award-winning varietals such as the Chenin Blanc 2018 from Ken Forrester Wines.
Ticket price includes beer mug and 10 tastings. Kids tickets include party pack and soft drinks.
Where: Atlantic Beach Country Club, 1 Fairway Dr, Melkbosstrand
When: Sat, 6 Oct 12 noon to 9pm
Cost: R75 – R150 | Bookings via Webtickets.
Popular wine farm Eaglevlei hosts its annual Oktoberfest event – an authentic weekend of German fare celebrating the beloved German festival. Enjoy a day of performances from local artists and the Wurstzipfel band, while sipping on something from the large selection of craft beers, and of course, munching on an imported treat from the German platters.
Beer vendors at the 2018 Oktoberfest include CBC, Stellenbrau, Devil’s Peak, Little Wolf, Fokof, Jack Black, and Vuilhond.
Where: Eaglevlei Wine Estate, Old Paarl Rd, Stellenbosch
When: 27 & 28 Oct 10am to 10pm
Cost: Early bird R120 | Early bird plus R220 | Early bird couple R450 | Book tickets via Eaglevlei’s website.
GERMAN RESTAURANT, ZUR HOLZBUCHT
What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than Zur Holzbucht (which translates to ‘Hout Bay’ in English), one of Cape Town’s few German eateries. The small restaurant prides itself with on authentic cuisine coupled with an attentive and laid-back atmosphere and a quaint beer garden. Don’t leave without trying their famous ‘Grillhax’n’ served on a bed of sauerkraut, and the freshly baked Apfelstrudel is ideal for those with a penchant for desserts. The family-friendly German hot-spot is also hosting its very first Oktoberfest this year. Besides fabulous German cuisine, and a variety of local and international beers on tap (rarities include Erdinger, Bitburger and Namibia’s Winhoek Draught, all brewed under Germany’s famed Reinheitsgebot regulation.) Kids can enjoy the fun with a dedicated area, traditional games and festive vibes. The fantastic lineup of live entertainment is as follow:
Fri 5 Oct | 5pm Mr Browne
Sat 6 Oct | 3pm Dave Ferguson | 5pm Llevado
Sun 7 Oct | 12pm to 5pm Kids Party with face painting, magic and balloon shaping | 3pm Bushfire event
Where: 4 Promenade Rd, Hout Bay
When: Fri, 5 Oct 11am to 11pm | Sat, 6 Oct 11am to 11pm | Sun, 7 Oct 11am to 6pm
Cost: R50 pp | U14s free (bookings via phone)
As a culinary stalwart with outposts in both Gardens and Constantia, Hartlief Deli prides itself on a unique continental cuisine experience amplified with European flair. Patrons can enjoy breakfast or lunch on the premises, or fill their baskets from a wide range of rare imported and homemade delicacies.
The delis boast with a distinct European feel whilst showcasing the products on offer with attentive customer service. An extensive range of deli meats includes Black Forest Ham, a range of Salamis including Italian, German, Edel and Pepper salami. A must try is their unique Windhoek-inspired salami, perhaps a subtle nudge to allude to the strong ties Hartlief Corporation manages between South Africa and Namibia. Novice foodies can try their hand at a cultural home spread with a wide variety of freshly made speciality sausages including bratwurst, currywurst, and Debreziner. Amongst the fresh meat selection are premium cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken, as well as German delicacies such as veal or pork schnitzel, beech Smoked Pork Knuckle, Eisbein, and Kassler.
Gift hampers are available, and platters can be ordered to suit any size and taste.
Where: Shop no. 38, Gardens Centre, Mill St, Gardens
When: Mon – Fri 8am to 7pm | Sat 8am to 5pm | Sun & Public Holidays 9am to 2pm
Where: Shop 8, High Constantia Centre, Constantia Rd, Constantia
When: Mon to Sat 8am to 5pm | Sun & Public Holidays 9am to 3pm