The original Oktoberfest since 1977 held its 45th event at Deutsche Internationale Schule in Pretoria spanning two exciting days on the 15 and 16 September 2023. It is based on the original Oktoberfest in Munchen, Germany, making it the foremost and most enduring authentic beer festival in South Africa.
The vibrant crowd enjoyed interacting with the local German community.
A fundraiser for the school sees around 10 000 people attend to join in celebrating a true German tradition.
The fun filled event included live music on stage, a popular Biergarten, an authentic German fare showcasing a rich tapestry of German gastronomy, with everything from Eisbein and Kassler to Schnitzel, Bockwurst and more.
Traditional treats like Brezel and Lebkuchen as well as commemorative souvenir hats and shirts were available at the market stalls.
The children’s entertainment area had everything from pony rides, jumping castles and carnival rides.
The Oktoberfest, is an annual festival in Munich, Germany, which is held over a two-week period and ending on the first Sunday in October. The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
The first Oktoberfest was a horse racing event for the royal wedding of the Prince and Princess.
The jovial event was enjoyed by everyone who attended!
by Marion Kate