The first Oktoberfest was a merry five-day affair held in October, 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Revellers had such a good time that the celebration has been held almost every year since, making this year the 185th time Oktoberfest was held. In Munich, the fest took place from September 22 to October 7 this year.
The charm of Oktoberfest has long spread beyond Germany as cities across the world host their versions of the event. BookMyShow will be bringing a special edition of the festival to Delhi from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28 at Aerocity. Here’s what to expect.
Beers by international brands Erdinger and Hoegaarden will be on tap at the event.
Erdinger specialises in weissbier, a traditional, light-coloured Bavarian beer made by mixing at least 50 per cent of malted wheat to malted barley. The brew has an alcoholic content of 5.3 per cent, with distinct overtones of banana and clove that result from specialised strains of yeast it’s top-fermented with.
Belgian brewery Hoegaarden will be bringing its signature witbier, traditionally made with up to 50 per cent raw wheat. First brewed in 1445, the top-fermented, unfiltered white beer gets its name from the suspended yeast and wheat proteins that cause it to appear cloudy when cold. It is spiced with coriander and orange peel and has an alcoholic content of 4.9%.
Chef Peter Gruber will serve up some of his signature Oktoberfest dishes such as German roasted pork in beer sauce, Bavarian meatloaf with potato salad and pretzels, mushroom à la cream with bread dumplings, käsespätzle and dark beer-marinated rotisserie chicken, a festival favourite. There’s also a whole array of German sausages like bratwurst, bockwurst, kässekrainer and frankfurter.
For the last 25 years, German band Die Derbys has been entertaining crowds at Oktoberfest in Munich, playing a mix of both traditional Bavarian music and international hits. This year, they will make their way to Aerocity.
To really get a feel of the festival, make sure you secure a table at the Erdinger hut, where beer maids (dirndl-clad waitresses) will be around to serve you your mass of beer.
The fun doesn’t stop at 10pm. Head to JW Marriott’s Playground for the official Oktoberfest after-party where you can keep dancing and drinking in your dirndls and lederhosen.