Given that Cape Town has a large German population 50,000 last I heard I wondered if there are any Oktoberfest events held in my city. I found a few. I listed the ones I liked the look of. I also provide tips on how to host your own Oktoberfest in Cape Town.
Tops Spar Bierfest
This event kicks off on the 28th of September. It seems very authentic from my research. A traditional oomph band will be playing. Dirndl wearing beer maids will be serving beers in mugs. There will also be traditional pretzels and bratwurst on sale. An actor playing the role of the mayor of Münich will even be conducting the opening ceremony. Tickets start at R175 and tend to sell out fast.
When: 28th & 29th September
Where: The Grandwest Casino, Cape Tow
Cost: Tickets start from R175 pp
Jack Black’s Oktoberfest Food truck Friday
There will be live music from 4pm till 11pm. Entry is free and Oktoberfest inspired street food will be sold. 6 different guest breweries will make sure you don’t get thirsty.
When: 28th September
Where: 10 Brigid rd. Diep River, Jack Blacks Brewing Co.
Cost: Free entry
Oktoberfest World Beer Festival
This fest will be hosted by Urban Brewing Co. in the scenic Hout bay. This event is family friendly. There will be DJ’s, live bands and oompah sing a-longs. Food trucks will serve German food and specially brewed fest beer will be sold. The ticket includes a beer mug (Maβ) and 1 litre of fest beer.
When: 5th-7th October
Where: 31 Harbour rd. Hout Bay, Urban Brewing Co.
Cost: R100 pre-booked online, R150 at the door
A Touch of Madness
This quirky restaurant in the middle of Observatory will host an Oktoberfest party. A DJ will be hitting the decks and if you dress up in traditional wear you get a free shot of schnapps. There’s no cover charge. There will be beer pong, pretzels and 12 different local craft beers on sale.
When: 6 October
Where: A Touch of Madness, 12 Nuttal rd. Observatory
Cost: No cover charge
Banana Jam Café Oktoberfest
Hot pretzels and bratwurst will be on the menu. Afro Caribbean Oktoberfest Larger will be sold as Banana Jam is an Afro Caribbean restaurant after all. Their Facebook post encourages attendees to dress up in traditional outfits. This is a colourful and wonderful place and entry is free.
When: 7th October
Where: 157 Second Avenue, Harfield Village, Kenilworth , Banana Jam Café
Cost: No cover charge
Beerhouse on Long street will be hosting a beer festival. 8 Breweries will be serving 8 beers there will be 8 music acts performing. And it starts at well 8pm. This one’s more about the beer as the ad says “ this year we leave the lederhosen and silly hats behind” Bottomless beer will be sold if you buy a ticket which costs R199.
When: 13th October
Where: 223 Long Street, Beerhouse Cost:R199 bottomless beer
Windhoek Beer fest
Nambian breweries will host a authentic style Oktoberfest. It runs for two days starting from the 2nd Novemember and it ends on the 3rd. It all takes place at Meerendal in Durbanville.
When:2nd &3rd November
Where: Meerendal, Durbanville
Eaglevlei Wine Estate
Traditional food will be sold and beer. This event starts at 10am and ends at 10pm. The estate is located in Stellenbosch.
When: 28th & 29th October
Where: Eaglevlei Wine Estate , Old Paarl Rd, Stellenbosch
Cost: Early bird R120, Early bird plus R220, Early bird couple 450
Tel: 021 884 4713
There are a few German shops in Cape Town. Hiring a dirndl or lederhosen is also possible. And I found a party store that sells Oktoberfest inspired decorations.
This place is located in the Gardens section of the CBD. They sell frozen pretzels, beer and Haribo gummy bears amongst other things. There’s another branch in Milnerton. This place is your best bet if you want authentic pretzels and beer for your party.
German Grocer in the Gardens
Address: Thebe Hoskens House, 16 Mill St. Corner of Mill and Breda St, Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: 021 824 9333
Cell: 082 492 9483
German Grocer in Milnerton
Address: Unit A1 & A2 Sanlam Business Park, Corner Koeberg And Racecourse Roads, Milnerton
Tel: 021 829 3370
Cell: 082 492 9483
If you are looking for German sausages look no further. I added these places because my sister shops at them. I know the quality is good.
Black Forest Butchery
Address: 53 Gabriel Rd. Plumstead
Address: Shop 8, High Constantia Centre, Constantia rd.
Head to the German Grocer for German beer or buy craft beer which is brewed locally. CBC brews its own weiss beer. Other local breweries also seal German style beer. Just do a quick Google search to find out more.
There’s a place on 10 Loop street that hires out costumes. I don’t know if they hire traditional Oktoberfest outfits you can call them at 021 424 9716. Scalliwags does hire traditional attire follow their website at: http://www.scalliwags.co.za/german-oktoberfest/
Party net sells Oktoberfest decorations. Read : Party net
A simple search on Pinterest will give you tons of DIY decoration ideas and step by step guides on how to make them.
Thank you for reading and if you would like to comment please do.
Wishing you happy travels through the journey of life!
xxx Nikki XXX