It’s no coincidence that in the world of beer, good things come in sixes. It’s why we have the six-pack and why the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest celebrates its sixth year in existence as SA’s favourite proudly national annual touring festival of Bavarian bier culture!
With a refreshed festival layout and a richly expanded entertainment programme, TOPS at SPAR Bierfest 2016 invites you to get in touch with your inner Germaniac, lug on the lederhosen, dust off the dirndls and get ready to party with added oompah at the Newlands Brewery, Village Green, from the 4th – 6th November.
Since inception in 2010, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest has delivered South Africans a taste of the Munich Oktoberfest right to their doorsteps. The country’s biggest annual, national touring festival of Bavarian bier culture revels in all that is good about bier, bratwursts, pretzels, frauleins and of course – the music they call “oompah!”
“In 2016, as we mark our sixth year of being SA’s favourite bierfest, we thought it was time to shake things up!” comments Bierfest owner, Andrew Douglas.
“We are revising the layout of our big beautiful brauhaus to give patrons a more natural flow from the outside areas which lends itself to a revamp of the live music aspect of the event.”
While the traditional oompah music remains a staple, giving the authentic Oktoberfest vibe, an exciting development will see the inclusion of South Africa’s most-loved mock rock mash-up band – The Rockerfellas! Utilising the concept of the musical “mash-up” made famous by DJs and dance music producers, this five-piece band of merry musicians seamlessly blends the biggest hits of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s till now into a musical medley of mirth that no one can help but dance to!
But it’s not just live music that bier lovers can look forward to at the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest, the Brauhaus hours are filled with opportunities for audience participation where traditional Bavarian bierfest activities are the name of the game and where amazing prizes can be won, including a chance to win a trip to the actual Oktoberfest in Munich 2017.
Whether it’s testing your stamina in Mass heben, refining your dress-up skills for the Best Dressed, partaking in the giant Snufftabakkanon (a short sharp dose of Bavarian snuff tobacco administered nasally) OR milking a life size imported Bavarian cow against the clock, attending the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest will ask more of you than just showing off an ability to drink our craft beers by the litre and dine from platters of succulent Bavarian cuisine.
As with all its events, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest supports responsible drinking and will have a range of options on hand to make getting home safe after a few drinks the most hassle-free and affordable experience it can be. #DrinkSmart!
Tickets are on sale now and designed to accommodate any budget – be it a Standard Bier Hall ticket to simply gain access right through to some great value hospitality options if you are entertaining clients or guests. Tickets are available in tables of 6 (Braumeister and Brauhaus) or 8 (Standard Bier Hall and Uber Bier Hall), and single tickets start at R125 each. If there is one piece of advice organisers can offer, it is “book early to avoid disappointment and secure the best seats in the brauhaus, book for all your friends and make a special day out of it!”
All tickets can be booked through iTickets or through Bierfest’s Facebook page.
All food and drink purchases at the festival are made using Bierfest “Crowns.” Crowns are available in denominations of R30 and are sold in packs of five (non-refundable).
Pre-Order your Bierfest food platter online now (see the Bierfest Facebook page), and your Fraulein will deliver it directly to your table.
The event is not open to anyone under the age of 18.
For more details and bookings, go to www.bierfest.co.za.
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