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Second Oktoberfest to blend Ugandan and German beer and food culture

By Denis Nsubuga

Added 27th September 2016 04:29 PM

This year's edition is slated for October 1, 2016 at Uganda Museum Gardens.

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Members of the Kampala Food Network

This year's edition is slated for October 1, 2016 at Uganda Museum Gardens.

After a relatively successful debut last year, the annual out-door Oktoberfest Kampala comes backs with more emphasis on blending Ugandan and German culture through beer, food and more festivities like games, music and fashion.

This year's edition is slated for October 1, 2016 at Uganda Museum Gardens.

Organised by Kampala Food Network in partnership with the Germany Embassy, the multicultural event brings different people together to appreciate and enjoy Ugandan local and German beers and cuisines in a fun-fare spectacle.

Speaking to the media earlier on Tuesday, Vivianne Adala, the head of marketing, Kampala Food Night, said the fiesta is meant to celebrate the friendship between Germany and Uganda as well celebrating cultures from both countries through food, beverages, fashion, games and the arts.

Alongside food and beverage vendors from Uganda, Germany and all over the world, the event will also feature a line-up of live music performances from Steve Keys, Myco Ouma, and German rock and Bavarian music band, The Bavarian Lions, as well as a rave headlined by DJ Crisio.

Ambrose Atwoko, the deputy director Social Services at Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) is one of the selected pre-events in the build-up to the annual Kampala City Festival and KCCA's efforts to define the nation's capital as an 'event destination and 'happy city'.

"We are trying to encourage Ugandans to be proud of their country. This festival also contributes to the realization of our efforts to present Kampala as a vibrant city international," he relayed.

He added that this is a platform to market the country and its cultures as well promoting cultural diversity.

Oktoberfest is one of the biggest beer and food festivals in the world, started in Germany over 20 years. It's currently held in over 70 countries in the whole, including other African countries like Kenya, South Africa, and Botswana. It has long been celebrated in Uganda as an indoor invitation-only event until last year.

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