The summer may be long gone and the festivals a distant memory, but one final, global event remains before the winter days truly kick in. For over two hundred years, millions have gathered across the world with the intention of celebrating what is arguably considered to be one of life’s greatest assets: beer. Love it or hate it, the refreshing drink is one of the world’s most consumed and oldest beverages, prevalent across all cultures, stimulating many celebrations and often acting as the voice of reasoning behind some of the greatest, and worst, decisions ever made.
Beginning like any true fairy tale, Oktoberfest originates from Munich, back in the 19th Century as a celebration of a royal wedding. With over 40,000 guests invited to the wedding and enough gallons of beer to go round, it’s unsurprising that the party quickly became a well-loved annual event which is now recognised as one of the largest festivals in the world. Lasting sixteen days, the Bavaria event begins in late September and lasts until the beginning of October.
For the beer-lovers out there, an expensive plane ticket and pricey accommodation doesn’t need to result in your wallet lacking in spends for ‘festbier’, as Oktoberfest is coming to the UK once again.
With locations all around the UK including Scotland, Birmingham, Manchester and London to name a few, these festivals have everything from bierzelts (beer tents) to Brezels (pretzels), making it a culturally rich and realistic Oktoberfest experience.
With the traditional colours of blue and white set to adorn the tents and waiting on staff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen, the UK festival certainly doesn’t lack the essence of Oktoberfest. Organisers construct generously-sized German style villages, with impressive tents filled with long tables, where the specifically crafted beer is served. Imported directly from Bavaria, home of Oktoberfest, in a giant beer tank, the beverage is ready to pour as soon as it reaches its UK destination. Rumour has it that the famous ale boasts a touch of sweetness and an almost bitter aftertaste – here at ABC we’re keen to clarify whether these rumours are true or not, for the benefit of our clients of course! Seats can also be booked for a price, with a number of packages on offer, from basic to VIP, for the best seats in the… tent (!), but as we all know, there is no price too expensive when it comes to good beer…
Of course with every good pint comes a good meal and the UK Oktoberfest is no exception to this rule. Whilst some might believe it impossible to beat the pie, chips, gravy and beer combination, a new lease of life may just be uncovered after tasting the rich German delicacy’s that are served alongside the famous beverage. From the humble Frankfurt right through to Hendl (roast chicken) and accompanied with live country music, the dining experience is certainly memorable and competes with the most traditional of English meals.
So, if you’re heading to the capital in the coming weeks, we can only advise that you conveniently plan your trip to coincide with the UK Oktoberfest celebrations. Experience the true culture of the Munich-born event; their famous beer, sought-after food and exceptional music without even leaving the country. We’ll drink to that – prost!