Beer Enthusiasts To Drown In Booze, Food And Fun As Octoberfest Returns

Uganda brace yourselves as the Octoberfest returns bigger and better following last years’ massive response and turn up by party-loving Ugandans who galloped all the booze by 8pm and caused a lot of shortage in the city.

However with a new beer partner Tusker Lite, things will be a lot better this time round as they have promised to keep the flow of beers and refreshment constant till end of the festival.

The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer and food festival (or Volksfest) where large quantities of Oktoberfest beer are consumed. Visitors may also enjoy a mixture of attractions, such as amusement rides, side stalls and games, as well as a wide variety of traditional (Bavarian) food.

This year’s edition will be held at the Uganda Museum Gardens on 29th September 2018.

Kampala Capital City Authority who has also joined Tusker Lite as major sponsors and partners promised to give full support to the organizers Kampala Food Network in making it one of the biggest and memorable events in the country and sell Kampala to the world as a vibrant and attractive city.

“The Oktoberfest has evolved into the biggest beer, food and music festival in the nation’s capital, with activities that make it an excellent day out for the family and an evening for revelers. It is because of this that KCCA decided to partner with Kampala Food Network to organize this event in an effort to define the Kampala as an ‘Event Destination of the Region”. Mr Robert Kalumba KCCA’s deputy spokesman said at a press conference this morning to announce the return of the festival.

KCCA’s deputy spokesman Mr Robert Kalumba (L) speaking at the press conference held at City Hall this morning.  

The theme for this year’s Kampala Octoberfest is; ‘Recognizing the friendship and strong cultural and economic partnerships between Germany and Uganda, and celebrating this unique relationship through food, drink and the arts’.

Although this celebration of food, beer and Bavarian culture has long been one of the major entertainment items of Kampala’s entertainment calendar from 2015, it has mainly been an indoor invitation-only event.

According to the organizers, Oktoberfest can be celebrated on any day between the 16th of September and the first weekend of October, but before the 3rd of October (which is the German Day of Unity).

“The Oktoberfest Kampala is the fourth installment of this global festival that is deeply rooted in the German culture. This monumental beer festival has become a tradition that celebrates the friendship between German and Ugandan cultures and has become an important merrymaking event for many,” said Mark Kaheru of Kamapala Food Network.

Mr. Mark Kaheru of Kamapala Food Network explains how this years edition will be different.

Mr. Kaheru also says this year’s edition will be a celebration of women as they partner with the Alice Debrah Foundation to raise awareness for widows and widowers. And as such it will be a Diva edition’ with only female entertainers lined u for the day where performances will come from  Cindy, the hugely popular and sultry Naava Grey, Siima Sabiti and singer/song writer Afrie. While behind the decks, will be The Almost Famous DJs featuring DJ Mary Joe and DJ Xzyl on the wheels of steel.

“Beer has always been the uniting factor at social gatherings for Ugandans. We celebrate our friendships by sharing Tusker Lite and the Oktoberfest is an opportunity for the German and Ugandan cultures to share and connect over amazing food, excellent beer and lots of fun,” said Grace Namutebi, UBL Brand Manager Premium Beers.

Grace Namutebi, UBL Brand Manager Premium Beers promised a constant flow of beer on the day. Right is former German Ambassador Klaus Holderbaum.

Early bird tickets are already on sale at the Junction in Ntinda at 15,000/- while at the venue they will be at 20,000/-.Those using Visa card or Mastercard under the Blue Weekends promotion with Stanbic Bank, also qualify for the discounted 15,000/-.Gates will open at midday and event ends at midnight.


Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it runs from late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the 16 days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day).

Other cities in Germany like Berlin, Hannover and Bavaria hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

It is also celebrated in various capitals all over the world. Indeed, the Oktoberfest is one of the best exported aspects of German culture, in the world, with Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Palestine, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United States, and Vietnam having the most prominent editions of this event.


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