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September 18, 2012

Cape Town Bierfest 2012

My second favourite thing in the world, after sushi, is something that is celebrated all the time, beer, and this year I celebrated it some more at the much-anticipated Cape Town Bierfest.

A tented Bavarian Brauhaus, decked out with authentic German décor and long wooden tables and benches that seated around 2 500, was created at the Newlands Brewery Village Green for the Bierfest, which ran from September 13 to 16, 2012. Jolly German music and performers entertained the crowds while the Fräuleins served thirsty beer lovers.

All the SAB brews were available, as well as three Bavarian-styled varieties created by SAB brewmasters specifically for the event – Munich Dunkel, Krystal Weiss and Royal Bavaria. For those who attended the beer festival for the atmosphere and not the beer, and of course those who were driving, there were also wines, spritzers and cool drinks.

The Bierfest currency, called crowns, were R20 each and beers were one crown for 500ml and two for a litre. My favourite beer was the Munich Dunkel, with its smooth, chocolatey tones, so I spent quite a few of my crowns on that.

To line the stomachs one could choose from either giant pretzels, roast pork knuckle with mash and gravy, paprika roast chicken with sauerkraut, sausage platters, schnitzel, potato salad and so much more. The pretzels were warm, doughy and divine and the schnitzel was crispy but succulent. I was told that the pork knuckle was an absolute winner – it was so enormous it looked as if it may have once been attached to a dragon.

You were able to book tables inside the Brauhaus but it became a little warm in the tent and celebrations were loud, so we preferred to bask in the sun, sipping on our refreshing beer and snacking on the German treats.

Prizes were awarded to the best-dressed people, and some really got into character. You could buy hats, wigs and more at the venue or even pre-order your gear. Ladies, if you enjoy seeing men wearing shorts and long socks, it was the place to be. And gents… well who doesn’t like a girl in lederhosen.

After a very merry day, the Good Fellas drove us home – gosh they are handy if you’ve had a few drinks and shouldn’t be driving.

All in all, Bierfest was a fantastic day – sunshine, wholesome food, friends and beer – what more could a gal ask for? Well, maybe some sushi.


Kayli Vee Levitan is a writer for FoodBlogCT. Follow her on Twitter at @KayliVee for more of her foodie escapades.

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