Lowveld Oktoberfest 2017

The Kishugu Lowveld Airshow is hosting its first ever Oktoberfest at 12:00 on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at the Nelspruit Airfield.

The Oktoberfest Dress Code

When the Lowveld Oktoberfest is in full swing many of you will be seeing (or wearing) the traditional garments known as Lederhosen and Dirndl – or ‘Lederhosn’ and ‘Diandl’ as Bavarian dialect calls them.

Unlike what many believe, they are not in fact Germany’s national clothing – Lederhosen and Dirndl are traditional Bavarian attire and can be traced as far back as the 1600s. They were worn by farmers, shepherds, carpenters and peasants for outdoor work (for the men) and indoor housework (for the women).

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What does a Dirndl dress include?

  • A white blouse (with a bodice) which is generally very short (ends above the waist), with long, short or puffed sleeves. It can have many different necklines and is usually made of white cotton or linen.
  • A full skirt – The most traditional form of the dirndl is a long dress skirt which goes to the ankle. The modern version is often shorter.
  • An apron
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How to dress up with a Lederhose (translates to leather pants):

  • Traditionally they are worn with high socks which can go up to the knees.
  • Naturally there is a shirt to also go with the Lederhosen. Typically it is a plain shirt or a white plaid shirt of any colour.
  • In full costumes, the Lederhosen also have suspenders.
  • True traditional Lederhosen might have certain colour embroidery or insignia on the Lederhosen to signify from which region you come from.

Interesting Fact: Knowing on which side of your waste to tie the knot of the ribbon of your apron can reveal a whole lot about your marital status.

To the left: means you are single.
To the right: means you are married or promised to someone.
In the middle: this is for young girls/children.
In the back: means you are widowed or for waitresses.

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The philosophy of the Lowveld Air Show Committee is to first and foremost support local entrepreneurs and give them a platform to showcase themselves. This Committee comprises of various entities, whereof Kishugu is also a role player. Kishugu sees the benefit to invest in the local community by sponsoring towards events like these. Other companies who share in these values, are encouraged to also become involved as a sponsor. The aim of hosting an Oktoberfest in Mbombela is to enrich the experiences of the local community. Events like these create a comradery among the Lowvelders to come together as a family and have an enjoyable family day.

No under 18’s allowed. Alcohol not for sale to persons under 18. Drink responsibly.