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September 30, 2008
  • Oktober Fest in Puerto Plata
  • Pavel Nunez at Sea Horse Ranch
  • Dominican meetings
  • Arts & Craft fair
Oktober Fest in Puerto Plata
The first Dominican Oktober Fest will take place Friday, 3 October through Sunday, 5 October in Puerto Plata. It will be a weekend with music, live performances, German gastronomy and the possibility to taste more than 50 different beers from the world over. The event will be centered at the Fun City Action Park in Puerto Plata.
Imported beers and the locally-produced beers will have their weekend. There will be beers from Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Canada and the DR.
But there will be much more. Performers Krispy, DJ Mariela, DJ Newton, Mojiganga, Banda Gorda, Jazz Tropical, Silvio Mora, Masters & Friends, Rene Arena, Brugal Orchestra, Sergio Vargas have been booked for the event. A pageant to choose Miss Dominican Fest will also be held.
The event is sponsored by Brugal & Co., Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (Presidente Beer), Cerveceria Vegana (Quisqueya beer), Ambev Dominicana (Brahma beer), World Premium Beverage, LTU Airways, Puerto Plata Village, Century 21, Banco Santa Cruz, Canal 50, Helados Bon, Pizza Hut. It also has the support of the city governments of Puerto Plata and Sosua, the Association of German Residents in Sosua and Cabarete, Casa Goethe, 21 Century-Juan Perdomo, Ocean World, Sosua Ocean Village, among others.
Oktober Fest began when Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Theressa Von Sacasen-Hildburghausen of Bavaria married on 17 October 1810. Since then it has continued strong in Munich and in cities all around the world.
Pavel Nunez at Sea Horse Ranch
Dreamin'Live will present the renowned Dominican Latin pop artist Pavel Nunez to the North Coast, as well as the Cabarete Jazz Group. 25% of ticket sales will be donated to the DREAM Project (DREAM Project: Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project).
Dominican meetings
The Ministry of Tourism participated in the Chicago Incentive Travel and Meetings Exhibition (IT&ME 2008) to promote the DR as an ideal destination for meetings, conferences and incentives. The event took place 23-25 September at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Montserrat Despradel, director of meetings and incentives for the Ministry explained that conventions and meetings are one of the most important market niches because those that attend conferences spend a lot during their stay. She said this market segment guarantees stable flows of travelers all year round. Patricia Alvarez, who attended representing the Santo Domingo Hotels Association, said that cosmopolitan Santo Domingo is an ideal destination because of its many attractions and because it has air connections to 250 US cities with direct or one-stop flights.
Arts & Craft fair
The Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce is hosting again its annual Arts & Crafts Fair, Feriarte 08 at the Santo Domingo Melia Hotel this coming 15-19 October. Many of the artisans themselves will be manning their own stands. There will be upwards of 55 booths showcasing some of the finest Dominican crafts from 15-19 October. Great opportunity to go buy Christmas gifts.

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