Pretoria’s Original Oktoberfest

Over 10 000 people are said to have celebrated this year’s Oktoberfest, a true German tradition held under African skies.

The event was held at the German International School in Pretoria is South Africa’s original Oktoberfest and also a fundraiser for the school.

The event ran from 14 and 15 September 2018.

This year’s Oktoberfest, the 42nd, offered visitors music by a genuine Oompah band, Bayern Stürmer from Germany, according to the event’s public relations representative Anja Schlüter.

“They have played in the USA, Scotland, Sweden, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria and now, for the first time, in South Africa,” said Schlüter.

Other artists at the event included are Dewald Wasserfall, Bad Peter, Rubber Duc, The Capitals, Anrico Jeske, Jerry & The Bandits, Josh Kempen & Band, Easy Freak, Martin Black, Werner Bekker, Simone Govender and Sutherland.

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Beck’s Beer was on tap for the first time in Pretoria along with a wide variety of draught and craft beers, in addition to authentic German fare such as eisbein, bratwurst, schnitzel and much more.

“Traditional treats like kartoffelpuffer, brezel and lebkuchen were also available from our German foodie market,” said Schlüter.

She further said over R130 000 in raffle prizes were to be won, including two Lufthansa German airline tickets.

Entertainment for kids and teens included games, rides and fun activities.

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Stephen Selaluke
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