From Munich to Manchester. You know Christmas isn’t far away when Oktoberfest comes to town.
The legendary German beer festival returns to Manchester this autumn for four days of fun, replete with amazing beer, great food, Lederhosen, and “Schlager” music.
“Oktoberfest gives Mancunian’s
the opportunity to savour
authentic German beer.”
The fair, which runs from October 22 to 26, is the world’s largest and attracts more than six million people from around the globe every year.
There’s also a special lunch offer on Sunday 26 October, so you and the whole family can experience Bavarian culture for a day.
Taking place on Albert Square, the main attraction for the event is the authentic Bavarian beverages that come in the form of huge Steins of strong lager.
Oktoberfest Director Carsten Raun told ILM that the festival is a unique experience for drinking lovers.
“One of the main attractions for Oktoberfest, which is widely considered the biggest beer festival in the world, is the authentic Bavarian beer brewed for the event,” he said.
“We have a very special brew of 5% lager that was brewed in Bavaria specifically for Manchester Oktoberfest.
“It is specifically made for this event and we have about 25,000 litres ready for the festival, which I am sure people will love.”
The festival will provide visitors with a range of Bavarian delicacies such as bratwurst, sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) and frikadeller (mincemeat dumplings).
A huge tent will be erected in the middle of Albert Square with room for 1,600 people to experience a brilliant atmosphere with live music and dancing.
But the fair is so much more than another beer festival according to Carsten.
“I think Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the wold because it is more than a social event. It is really special and works across the globe because it isn’t just about beer,” he said.
“The Manchester Oktoberfest is smaller but in some ways it is better because you have a more local feeling. In Manchester we also mix up the variety between and UK theme and we play British popular music which guests always sing-along to.”
The fair originated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and since 1811 the festival has been a 16-day party running from late September to the first weekend in October.
Oktoberfest gives Mancunian’s the opportunity to savour authentic German beer, with gallons of limited edition lager ready to be served by workers dressed in traditional lederhosen.
“People now seem to embrace wearing lederhosen,” explained Carsten.
“You can now even rent or buy them permanently. At first people didn’t really wear them but now they have caught on it creates an even better atmosphere.
“One of the great things is that Munich and Manchester share the similar type of partying style. Both love to socialise and have fun which creates for a great atmosphere, it is just a big party where everyone is having fun.”
The festival is deemed to be a great experience and an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy their company.
Plenty of boozed-based antics will be celebrated in Albert Square, which is also home to the European Markets every December.
“Albert Square is a perfect location because you get a really good feeling from the whole place. It is a really special event which has a great atmosphere and I don’t think there is a better place to have it than the heart of the city, said Carsten.
“Manchester Oktoberfest is the real deal.”
Book your tickets online here.