The sixth annual Oktoberfest En Kweyol, staged by St. Lucia-based Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL) got a kick-start at Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay this week with a media launch and reveal party.
Gregg Graves, managing director of WLBL, in his introductory remarks, traced the origins of the festival, which he said first started as a wedding celebration in Europe around the 1800’s.
“It really is a festival that has grown over the years and is now celebrated in countries across the world including Germany, Canada and now Saint Lucia where we are now six years strong,” Graves said.
Oktoberfest en Kweyol this year will be held on Sunday, October 6 and features local creole cuisine, a variety of world class beers and entertainment. Before the entertainment line-up was unveiled the MD noted, “I think we have a great sample of entertainment as well as a sampling of different beer that we do not normally have on island beyond the beers from our portfolio.”
The local brewery’s Gaius Harry introduced the performers for this year’s event, saying the festival had cemented a place in the island’s cultural calendar.
“This signals the start of Creole Heritage month in Saint Lucia and with our heavy emphasis on creole music we believe that this year’s line up will definitely be welcomed and appreciated,” Harry said.
The entertainment for Oktoberfest en Kweyol is headlined by Midnight Groovers of Dominica. Also scheduled to perform are DYP, Mamai Lacaye, Secret Band, Avot Servis, Harmonite Steel Band, Lighting Dancers, and the 2013 Piton Soca Starz winner Soca Bandit.
To compliment all of this of course are the beers and this year Oktoberfest en Kweyol will feature six international brewskie. These will include the Oktoberfest beer Paulaner Beer, Amstel Extra, Parbo Beer, Bulmers Pear Cider, Desperado Red, Affligem Blond.
Oktoberfest en Kweyol is once again endorsed by the Folk Research Centre and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.