Annual Taybeh OktoberFest forced to cancel, organizers say

Annual Taybeh OktoberFest forced to cancel, organizers say
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Annual Taybeh OktoberFest forced to cancel, organizers say

Taybeh Beer, an indigenous Palestinian product from Palestine

Taybeh Beer, an indigenous Palestinian product from Palestine

Taybeh Brewing Company, Taybeh, Ramallah, Palestine

Taybeh Oktoberfest Press Release;  Nadim Khoury / David Khoury

October 3, 2014

The Taybeh Brewing Company regrets to announce that the harsh conditions of Palestine have led to the decision to cancel the 10th Annual Taybeh Oktoberfest 2014. The Taybeh Beer family expresses solidarity and prayers for all the suffering people of Gaza, the West Bank and the communities in the Middle East and grieves the tragic loss of innocent life.

Since 2005, Taybeh Oktoberfest has been a unique opportunity to initiate a distinctive-style festival in Palestine that is aimed at promoting local products, boosting the economy and bringing a sense of normality to the harsh conditions faced under occupation. The Taybeh Oktoberfest also provides an international cultural exchange with many bands and dance performers traveling from all over the world to join local artist groups to share their art on the Palestinian stage.

The organizers are grateful to those who have supported the Taybeh Oktoberfest for the past nine successful festivals, and hope for your continued support.

As the Taybeh Beer logo displays the sun as a symbol of hope and a bright future for Palestine, the Taybeh Brewing Company will continue to hope for peaceful times to celebrate Taybeh Oktoberfest in 2015. As always, guests are welcomed to visit the Taybeh Brewery by appointment and explore the beautiful village.

The co-founders of Taybeh Brewing Company, David Khoury and Nadim Khoury, sincerely thank all who have supported “The Finest in the Middle East” for the last twenty years.  Although Palestinians are still not free in their own homeland, the Taybeh Oktoberfest thrives to free international minds towards Palestinians who desire to celebrate all aspects of life in peace and in freedom.”

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