You never really need an excuse to drink more beer but we’ll give you one anyway. October is to beer what November is to hastily-grown moustaches. This is our month and boy, are we excited to get our beer moustaches going. With everyone getting into the spirit of beer, it’s pretty hard not to get swept up in all the oompah music and lederhosen. October is not about asking why, but asking why not! We say lederhosen away! Do up your dirndls and pigtails! We’ve put together some of the best bierfests to check out across the country. You don’t have to go to all of them, but you could try.
Bierfests in Cape Town
Don’t think for a second that just because it’s Cape Town, that the local version of a bierfest is a toned down version where everyone just listens to soft jazz while laying about on throw pillows. Cape Town knows how to party like the best of them.
Cape Town Bierfest
Where: Newlands Brewery
When: 6–8 November
What: This is one of the big ones on the calendar with events in Durban and Johannesburg as well. And as a bonus you can buy legitimate imported leather lederhosen. (Say you’re buying them for a friend but then just don’t give them to the friend.)
Oktoberfest At The Blaauwklippen Vineyards Market
Where: Blaauwklippen Vineyards
When: 25 October 2015
What: What’s better than a little bierfest off the beaten track? Free entry with a selection of local craft legends will be available such as Wild Clover, Striped Horse, Erdinger, Darling Brew, CBC, Jack Black’s, Eversons Cider, Sir Thomas and Birkenhead. It’s like seeing the lineup of all your favourite bands.
DSK Bazaar 2015
Where: German International School of Cape Town, Tamboerskloof
When: 31 October 2015
What: A classic Oktoberfest with a hint of German traditions. Think cakes, bratwurst, meatloaf, pretzels and, of course, a classic beer tent with live oompah band music. There’s also a huge variety of activities for kids and interesting stall and exhibitions.
Bierfests in Johannesburg
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the ‘City of Gold’ got its name from well, all the gold. But it actually gets its name from throwing quality bierfests. (Don’t fact check that.)
When: 9–11 October, 16–17 October
What: The Johannesburg installation of the nationwide celebration is offering two weekends to get you into the spirit this year. Which means if you buy lederhosen you’ll have two excuses to wear them (unless you have a wedding in between, then it’s 3 occasions.)
Oktoberfest, German Country Club
When: 24 October
Where: German Country Club,
What: Another great bierfest with everything you would expect. Above and beyond the oompah band they even have country and rock with a jumping castle for the kids. There’s also a drindl fashion show on the 10th of October at the same venue. Just so you know.
Website: www. germancountryclub.co.za
Brauhaus Am Damm Oktoberfest
When: 31 October
Where: Brauhaus Am Damm
What: An Oktoberfest in a beautiful setting with of course a legitimate oompah band means they’re taking this very seriously. Also they say there’s a DJ in the cellar which we assume is a venue and not a hostage situation.
Escape to the KZN midlands, situated only 1 hour from Durban and 15 min from PMB, the Pecanwood Oktoberfest is the perfect get out of the city event.
When: 10–11 October
Where: Peacanwood, KZN Midlands
What: A festival with some of SA’s best loved bands, camping as well as a trail run if you’re into that sort of thing.
An annual landmark event for Port Elizabeth, the Oktoberfest in true tradition is going to be no different.
Where: German Club, Lorraine
When: 23-25 October
What: There’s a legitimate Oompah band from Austria playing – itdoesn’t get more authentic than that!
Since the whole world is kind of swept up in the spirit of Oktoberfest, there might be a few we’ve missed out. So if you know of any good bierfests we haven’t mentioned then let us know! It’s like we always say, “There’s no such thing as too many bierfests.”
Well, we don’t always say that but we’re going to start now. Enjoy and remember, attending an Oktoberfest is germandatory.