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VIDEO: 48th edition of festive Oktoberfest PE set for new innovations

By Marc Jacobson - Oct 6, 2017
VIDEO: 48th edition of festive Oktoberfest PE set for new innovations

The Castle Lager Oktoberfest Port Elizabeth is set to host its 48th year of celebrating German culture at the German Club in Lorraine, spanning over four days from the 26th to 29th of October.

The four day festival will showcase beer, bratwurst and big band fun, and both young and old are encouraged to come along to unleash their ‘inner German.’

The traditional Oktoberfest PE, which swarms up the streets of Lorraine and Circular Drive this time of the year, is the biggest Oktoberfest in South Africa, and is also in the ‘National Geographic Top 10 Other Oktoberfest’s’ list; the 10 best German October festivals in the world outside of Germany itself.  

“For us at Castle, to be involved in an event of this nature is just simply a no-brainer, because at Castle specifically, we aim to make connections, friends and bring everyone together,” Castle Regional Events Manager, Riaan van Jaarsveld said at the official Oktoberfest PE launch on Wednesday.

“It’s all about actually making the circle bigger and having fun at the same time; and with new innovations coming into play at the Oktoberfest this year, people must enjoy themselves, but responsibly too.”

To safeguard this establishment, Castle Lager are launching a Shuttle Bus operation at the festival this year to discourage drink and driving, which will see the buses run on Friday (27th) and Saturday (28th) at just R20 or R30 a ticket, depending on the three pick-up points: Summerstrand (Something Good), Mount Pleasant (Super Spar) and Sherwood (Sherwood Spar).

“We hope as many people as possible will use this service at a very reasonable price, cheaper than Uber,” laughed German Club PE Manager, Thomas Fuchs.

“Responsibility is our call, and we’re encouraging everyone to stay safe on the roads to catch these specially provided shuttles to and from the festivities, so there is no reason to drink and drive.”

The event officially kicks off on Thursday (26th) with the ever-popular Corporate Evening, now heading into its sixth year, incorporating the the Oktoberfest Bavarian Bash, which will cater for 800-1000 corporate guests, and due to an ongoing demand, the event sold out quickly this year and the hosts have bowed to add another 16 tables to the evening.

On the Friday, students will be encompassed into special discounts upon revealing their valid student cards, and on the Saturday, a newly introduced special senior’s lunch will take place from 11:00 to 16:00. This will ensure that all ages and festival lovers are catered for, with a glass of wine or draught beer, a traditional light lunch and entertainment in the form of a magician or comedian, with easing German music offering the backdrop.

In the nightlife festivities, headlining the evening will be the 12-piece Oompah Band, Harthauser Musikanten, playing live and straight from Oktoberfest Munich 2017. In addition, the annual Miss Oktoberfest pageant will add thrill to the evening.

Heading onto a more family-orientated atmosphere, Sunday will see a family lunch day on offer, with qualified caretakers from a crèche, on-looking the little ones, as they indulge themselves in the fun balloon bending, clown entertainment and a jumping castle too.

For more information, visit www.germanclub.co.za  or like their Facebook page and follow their Instagram thread.

Watch to get a view of the 2017 Oktoberfest PE launch