Durban had its own ‘little Germany’ this weekend when TOPS at SPAR Bierfest came to town. It was my first time going, and I can’t believe how much fun I’ve missed out on! To start, you could feel the cheerful vibe from outside the tent, so when I walked in, I was taken aback by the vibrant, festive happenings inside.
The TOPS at SPAR Bierfest really brought their A-game! There was so much to take in; you can’t miss the ladies dressed up as frauelins with ‘Heidi-looking’ hair, the traditional Bavarian oompah music filling the room and getting the crowd in festive spirits, the huge mugs of beer and the food! Everything was well thought through, from the drinks and food to the décor and atmosphere. It was like stepping into a little Germany.
Not only were the people who worked at the festival dressed for the occasion, some of the crowd also dressed up! The minute I walked into the tent I felt at ease and ready for a fun time. Tables filled the space, with people everywhere. Although it may have seemed claustrophobic with all the people standing and sitting around, and waiters running in between; the atmosphere inside was way too contagious to let something like that spoil the occasion.
The food looked amazing! In true German style they had the lip-smacking eisbein dish, which immediately caught my eye. They also had crispy roast pork knuckles, a sausage platter, chicken schnitzel and even some vegetarian options. I’m licking my lips just thinking of all the lovely German inspired dishes that were coming out and wafting through the tent as people ordered meals.
Master Brewers were called on for this special event to craft three special, limited edition Bavarian-styled biers just for Bierfest. The ever-popular Royal Bavaria Oktoberfest Bier, the traditional Krystal Weiss Protea Edelweiss and the speciality dark ale – the King Ludwig Munich Dunkel were all on offer during the festival. As you walked into the entrance there was also a designated area, otherwise known as the Brewmasters’ Corner, where Master Brewers offered tastings and beer education.
It’s definitely a festival worth going to, and I can honestly say that I was not let down by anything. It was affordable, enjoyable and just a great party had by all.