Pretoria’s Original Oktoberfest celebrates 43 years – Rekord East

Over 10 000 people celebrated Oktoberfest the true German tradition under the African skies.

The event held at the German International School in Pretoria is South Africa’s original Oktoberfest.
Public Relations and Marketing, Anja Schlüter said the 43rd Oktoberfest was also a fundraiser for the school.

The event was on 13 and 14 September 2019.

Oktoberfest offered visitors live music on the main stage by Die Ottertaler Oompah band, who have a 20 year track record of not only playing to audiences in their homeland of central Hessen in Germany but also entertained partygoers in America, Africa and Europe.

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Bandleader Dirk Lindemann said the joy of making music and many years of experience in the entertainment and music industry “made us a ‘Stimmungsgarant’ where we always aim to keep the worries of everyday life and stress away with music and a good mood”.

Their wide-ranging stage programme of traditional Oompah music also includes well-known pop melodies, party hits and some of Dirk’s own compositions.

Back by popular demand on the Biergarten stage are Rubber Duc, Bad Peter, The Capitals and Werner Bekker.

Schlüter enjoyed traditional treats like Brezel and Lebkuchen from the German Foodie Market.

She further said if you have ever wondered why the Oktoberfest in Pretoria is held in September the answer is right here.

“The history of the original Oktoberfest in Germany goes back to 12 October 1810, when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities lasted five days and it was celebrated every year.“

“No one messed up the date, but at some point someone realized that it would probably be better to hold the event when it would be warmer in Germany.

Therefore the Oktoberfest was moved to September,“ she said.

Schlüter said staying true to German tradition “we also hold our original Oktoberfest in Pretoria in September”.

Over R130 000 in raffle prizes were up for grabs including two Lufthansa German Airlines tickets.

Heidi Koch said she was having fun at the Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest also offered entertainment for kids and teens with games, rides and fun activities and had easy access and safe parking for the visitors.

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