PRESS RELEASE:-The ninth edition of “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” was launched recently at the most fitting and rustic setting of the Jambe DuBois restaurant in the Pigeon Island National Park.
“Oktoberfest en Kweyol”, which is organized by Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL), is seen as the official start of activities to mark Creole Heritage Month here in October. As such, the event is endorsed by the Folk Research Center (FRC), organizers of the main activities for that month.
“Oktoberfest en Kweyol”, borrows from the international German Beer Festival – Oktoberfest, with a French Creole frothing to entice the local palette. And, since its inception, the event has been embraced by Saint Lucians island-wide, also attracting numerous visitors as it seeks to garner even more attention for our Creole heritage and culture.
Speaking at the launch, Mindy Chicot, Junior Brand Manager – Global Brands WLBL, pointed out that the company was immensely proud that the event has stood the test of time. “We are again looking forward to thrilling patrons with an eclectic mix of entertainment, delightful Creole food and the best beers from around the world.,” Chicot says. The event will also showcase some of the best the island has to offer in terms of Creole music.
“Oktoberfest En Kweyol” will be held from 2:00 pm on Sunday 2nd October, 2016 at a new venue – the Promenade at Beausejour.
The entertainment line-up for “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” will include DYP, Avot Sevis and Secrets Band among others from Saint Lucia.
The guest performer will be the great French West Indies Zouk singer Bod Guibert whose classic hits date back to the 80s. Fans of Zouk music would know him well for such hits as “Oyoyo”, “Gwo Ka La”, “Doum Zaza” and “Reflechie”.
The main highlight of Oktoberfest is of course the beers and this year they are coming in from near and far. The staple Paulaner Beer will again be available as well as the popular Parbo Jugo from Suriname.
Then there is Blind Pig cider – (with whiskey honey, apple based and rum, poached pear flavours), Tiger Beer from Singapore, the original Irish cider Bulmers Cider (red berries & lime), Indio and Bohemia beer from Mexico, Desperados Nocturnal (tequila flavoured beer) and Strongbow Gold Apple and Red Berries with zero alcohol.
WLBLs current portfolio which includes Heineken Beer, Piton Beer, Desperados (original and red), Guinness, Amstel bright, Strongbow Ciders and Royal Club will also be available. “In the coming weeks we will be announcing some additional beers which will be available at the event,” stated Thomas Leonce Marketing manager of WLBL. He advised patrons wishing to sample and purchase as many beers possible to be there early on the day.
Admission to “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” this year remains at $30 and tickets can be purchased at all The Cell Outlets Island wide and WLBL offices.
“Oktoberfest En Kweyol” 2016 partners include DIGICEL – Gold Sponsors, The Wave Radio Station, Radio Caribbean International, Crystal Clear water and DBS TV. Other partners include the St. Lucia Tourist Board and the Folk Research Centre who has both once again endorsed the festival.
WLBL looks forward to once again hosting this event and getting the support of the media and the public as we implore one and all to come celebrate with the best in Creole culture and the best beers too and reminds everyone to enjoy responsibly.