The annual Windhoek Oktoberfest, an event that celebrates Namibian beer launched its 59th year anniversary earlier this week in the capital. The launch was held in the capital with main organisers Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Group and the Sports Klub Windhoek (SKW) in the spirit of the Bavarian culture which the event so vividly embraces.
The event with guests dressed in Bavarian attire served specially brewed Festbier and scrumptious traditional German cuisine such as bratwurst and pretzels. Tunes of authentic German music played in the background.
About 5000 people both locals and those from abroad annually attend the fest, which has marked it as the best Oktoberfest in Africa.
During the launch, Head of the Windhoek Oktoberfest Norbert Wurm highlighted that the event has been ‘Namibianized’ to cater for and accommodate local supporters.
“The Oktoberfest originates from Germany, however it is entirely not a German party as such but rather celebrates and appreciates culture in Namibia as well,” he said.
He further added that the Oktoberfest caters for its Namibian supporters who have kept the event alive for decades.
In addition, member of the Windhoek Oktoberfest organizing committee Gero von der Wense explained that on the global front in Munich where the Oktoberfest originated, at least six million people from all over the world attend the event every year.
He further explained that the event includes popular authentic traditional games such as the log sawing, beer lifting to high striker and mechanical bull riding. A vast range of traditional cuisines will this year host a new dance act and an extra band.
The Kirchdorfer, a band straight from Munich which plays authentic German music will be present during the fest.
The Windhoek Oktoberfest will run its course over the traditional two day period on the 27th and 28th October at the SKW. However, the Cape Town Oktoberfest which will be held for the third consecutive year will have a third day added to the calendar due to a request from the Cape Town supporters.
Eurowings a sponsor for the 2017 Windhoek Oktoberfest and all those who buy a ticket before the 27th of October will stand a chance to win a return trip for two to Germany to attend the Munich Oktoberfest.