Oktoberfest comes to Namibia
Yesterday the official details regarding this year’s Oktoberfest celebration in Namibia were released.
The festival celebrates many German traditions with lots of beer, traditional food and music. Traditionally held in Munich, Germany, many other cities across the world host their own versions of the German festival.
Namibia is currently the only African country that hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. So mark your calendars for next October and start planning your holidays to Namibia now!
“Our aim is to make the Oktoberfest the biggest in Southern Africa, an event that will not only be for Namibians, but will also put Namibia on the map and encourage people to travel to our country in October,” said Norbert Wurm of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), a member of the Oktoberfest organising committee.
This year’s festivities will take place at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) in Olympia on October 26th and 27th. The band Kirchdorfer, a group that performs annually at the festival in Munich, will perform for the crowds.
“The Kirchdorfer is one of the official bands at the world famous Munich Oktoberfest and they have performed there since 1994, usually 16 to 18 days non-stop,” said Wurm.
The NBL will brew a unique, Festbier, which will be available exclusively at the Oktoberfest celebration. In addition to this special microbrew, a whole host of other traditional German traditions will be offered as well. Activities such as beer lifting, log sawing and nailing will be available to participate in.
Last year, 3 123 people attended the Namibian Oktoberfest celebration. 243 traditional Schweinshaxes, or “pork knuckles” were consumed, 2,025 portions of Sauerkraut and over 7,000 litres of beer!