Voted SA's No 1 sport & lifestyle festival and KZN's biggest beer fest, Pecanwood Oktoberfest did not disappoint this year with its wide variety of activities, big names in the music industry and of course great beer.
Saturday proved to bring out all the stops with the sun gracing us with its presence, finally! And boy did she shine. The day was hot, humid and beautiful and the drive up to the midlands was definitely such an enjoyable one. I was really impressed when I got there and saw how organized the security company was with directing the beer and adventure lovers, there was an easy process they were following and It really made all the difference, keeping it fun and light and in order.
Parking was easy to find and I’m glad I got up there early enough. First up was definitely find me a cold beer, the beer tents or vans were all situated together on the right hand side of the stage tent with seating in the middle and I remember thinking how amazing the set up was. They had a good selection of different craft brewers displaying their craft so the only problem there was deciding which beer to try. On the other side of the stage tent, they had set up another bar selling ciders as well, just one thing I would’ve liked to see was maybe some SAB beers on tap, however I didn’t seem to find any, but, alas, craft beer will do!
Across the pond, with a giant inflatable slide going into it, (so rad) they had set up a Beach Bar complete with beach sand and groovy tunes in the back ground. What struck me was that there is so much to do at this festival, no matter where you are from, what walk of life, there was an activity for you or at least a bar, whether you’re a music lover, chilling in the main tent watching some of SA’s best musicians, a beer lover, wandering around the craft beer section with so many choices, or adrenaline junkie either seeing how dirty you can get your 4x4 or playing a game of footie in the inflatable arena, there were so many different things to check out and get involved in.
Oscar’s meat had a food stall up, selling one of my personal favourites, the much loved Eisbein. Perfectly fitting for the Oktoberfest vibe, the food was great and cooked to perfection, they went for only a few food stalls, which at first I was skeptical about, but after reading the menus I saw that that’s all they really needed!
Down in the stage tent, I got there just in time to watch one of Durban’s favourite artists, Rowan Stuart. Rowan has got a single out on 5FM and from the reaction of the crowd, he seems to be killing it. It’s so great to hear a crowd singing along to a local favourite. With Rowan's polished voice and mad guitar skills, he definitely was a hit amongst festival goers. Chico Muya donned the stage next and with his bubbly nature took it to the next level, by this time the festival was in full swing and started filling up rather quickly. I didn’t expect anything less with the star studded line up Pecanwood Oktoberfest had arranged.
As in true KZN nature the heavens opened up and poured down, stunningly while the sun was still shining in all her glory, or more affectionately known as a monkeys wedding. It came down pretty hard but thank goodness, there was plenty cover for everyone to huddle under while it poured down. At this point I was in two minds, it was such a great idea that camping was free and much safer and easier, however would the tents hold out in this rain?!
Thank you Pecanwood Oktoberfest for having Underground Press, great vibe, great food, amazing beer and a wonderful set up!