Beer swilling good time beckons at Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST at the German Club is a jovial affair for anyone who enjoys carousing with their mates over a generous mug of draught beer.

Add an oompah band, an eisbein or chicken cordon bleu and an obligatory hat with a feather and let the foot-stomping fun begin!

The festivities kick off this year with the Oktoberfest corporate evening on October 24 at the German Club.

“It is a great night for companies to treat their VIP customers or top performing staff to the first performance of our oompah band, who are specially flown-in from Germany for this event,” PE German Club manager Thomas Fuchs said.

Corporate guests may book a table for 10 people at a reasonable rate.

“After your guests at the corporate table have linked arms in the arm-pumping style of the oompah band and sung along to a couple of rousing tunes, they are likely to become firm friends as well as business associates,” Fuchs said.

Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26 are open nights and bookings may not be made – so expect a crowd!

Fuchs said last year the German Cub had to turn people away due to the ever-increasing popularity of the event.

“The 2013 Oktoberfest is bigger and better,” he said, with the tent having been increased in size from 1300m² to 2400m².

Due to ongoing requests from the public to provide childcare facilities at the Oktoberfest, a separate tent will offer a creche with child-minders and jumping castles.

There will be food stalls in the courtyard on the weekend of October 25, offering the famous Ludwigsburger, cheese grillers and pancakes.

For those who have not yet tasted it, the Ludwigsburger is a crispy slice of rolled pork belly in a German brotchen (German bread roll) with onion and tomato slices.

The oompah band will play in the marquee. There is also a disco in the hall for the younger crowd.

A proven crowd pleaser is the Miss Oktoberfest competition, which will be held on October 26. The competition is in its third year, with great prizes to be won by aspiring “frauleins”. The finals will be held at 6.15pm on October 26. Entry forms are available at the German Club.

The Oktoberfest hours are from 7pm to 1am on October 25, and from 6pm to midnight on October 26. Bookings may not be made, but tickets may be pre-purchased at the German Club in Lorraine, Mondays to Fridays from 3pm to 8pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

Tickets may be purchased at R80 per night.

Family day is on October 27. As manager of the well-supported German Club, Fuchs is used to catering en masse.

He said bookings were essential as “we only cater for up to 1000 people” (one wonders what constitutes a large group).

The oompah band, Harthauser Musi, will perform from noon until past lunchtime on the family day.

For a sneak preview of their melodious sounds check out www.harthauser-musi.de

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