The second in line “Novi Sad Oktoberfest” was held on October 20 and 21 at the Novi Sad Fair Centre. This year, Novosadians and guests filled the hall of the Master Centre. During the two days, the festival was visited by 15,000 people.
“Novi Sad Oktoberfest 2017″ was officially opened on Friday, October 20th, in the aula of the Master Centre, with the traditional opening of the first beer keg. The opening was addressed by Miloš Vučević, Mayor of Novi Sad, Alexander Jung, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy in Belgrade, Ivan Đoković, Provincial Secretary for Economy and Tourism, Martin Knapp, Director of the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Slobodan Cvetković, Director of Novi Sad Fair and Robert Čoban, president of the Color Press Group and organiser of the festival. The two evenings of the festival were opened with the performance of band “Kredarice” which performed Bavarian and Oberkrainer music. The first night was performed by Amajlija, Love Hunters, S.A.R.S. and Drum ‘N’ Zez.
On the second day, the 12th edition of Battle of the Bands kicked off at 12 AM, and the winning band Rosetta Stoned, presented the audience with a song the same evening. The winning band was selected by the jury consisting of: Tanja Banjanin, singer, Jovan Matić, frontmen of the band “Gift”, Ivan Fece Firchie, musician and programme manager, Milan Vučičević. The second evenings of the festival was marked by a performance by Prljavi Inspektor Blaža & Kljunovi, Hladno pivo and Orthodox Celts. Over 40 breweries exhibited at the “Novi Sad Oktoberfest 2017″, and the audience could taste several hundred different beers, as well as several types of sausages, and pretzels. As souverirs, visitors could buy mugs, t-shirts and licider hearts in the souvenir shop. During both evenings the competitions of holding of a mug for boys and girls were held in, the most original photos from Instagram were selected, as well as visitors’ photos at the entrance to the festival.
The “Novi Sad Oktoberfest 2017″ is organized by Color Press Group, HBO Color Media Events, Novi Sad Fair, supported by the City of Novi Sad, the City Secretariat for Economy, the Provincial Secretariat for Economy, the Tourist Organisation of Novi Sad and the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The partners of the festival are: Apatin Brewery, Heineken, Carlsberg Serbia, Paulaner, Vojvodina Forests, Best Seed Producer and Voda Voda, as well as a large number of craft beer producers.