It’s that time of year again, Oktoberfest is upon us! The German festival has become a worldwide phenomenon in recent years, celebrating Bavarian culture and beer of course! With Oktoberfest now being celebrated across Europe, we thought you might want in on the best places to celebrate this year!
(22nd September – 7th October)
The Munich Oktoberfest lays claim to being the world’s first (way back in 1810) and largest folk festival (yes, it’s not just about drinking beer). Over the past decade it has attracted an average of around six million visitors a year, who consume lots of beer and munch their way through grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and – for those really wanting to soak up the culture – wild oxen.
London, Millwall Park
Let’s face it, London is known for being remarkably international, thus it is no surprise that us British are keen to take part in the Bavarian fun! Several Oktoberfests are held throughout the city, and the biggest is in Millwall Park. An astonishing 50,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the traditional music. Don’t miss your chance to see staff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen to generate that authentic Oktoberfest feeling, with plenty of beer serves created especially for the event.
Paris, Paris Event Center
(4th – 13th October)
Enjoy your beer in style with a French twist on the Seine River. Oktoberfest fever has also reached Germany’s western neighbours.
Paris expects hundreds of thousands of visitors this year for the celebration. Don’t forget to make way for traditional dishes such as the famous crispy ham hock, the Tyrolean grilled spare rib, sausages from Bavaria and Nuremberg or the famous spätzle, without forgetting the sweet tooth among us: the lukewarm apple Strudel.
Manchester, Albert Square
Just like in the Munich Oktoberfest, Albert Square will serve all the limited edition beers from the official festival and this year they will be going up against the best of Manchester breweries who will be serving their own limited edition creations. Bavarian powerhouses will go head to head with Manchester’s own Blackjack & Seven Brothers to pour what we feel is the finest bier selection on the planet.
Edinburgh, West Princes Street Gardens
(31st October – 4th November)
Forget your kilt, this time you need to don your lederhosen! Edinburgh Oktoberfest will be on the red square in the West Princes Street Gardens right in the heart of the city.
The German band is ready to entertain you with a wonderful range of songs from traditional Oompa music to great German Schlager.
Madrid, WiZink Center
La Oktoberfest isn’t one you want to miss out on! As this year marks Madrid’s 5th anniversary Oktoberfest, the original Oktoberfest beer from Munich, the König Ludwig, which was the one served at King Ludwig’s wedding with Princess Teresa and which gave birth to the tradition of Oktoberfest, will be served throughout.
So get your lederhosen ready and let us help you get there!
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