Beer Appreciation in the Scottish and English Capitals
If you didn’t quite manage to make it to Munich this year for the city’s annual Oktoberfest, fear not for the Scottish capital is preparing its own very special version! Launching tomorrow (Wednesday, 1st October) is the Edinburgh Oktoberfest, a festival of German beer, food and modern Tyrolean music taking place at the Red Square in Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Oktoberfest takes place from Wednesday to Sunday both this week and next and pays homage to the long tradition of German beer drinking and celebrating the gathering of the harvest. As authentic as it can be, given that it takes place in Edinburgh rather than Munich, you’ll find long tables and waiting staff dressed in traditional lederhosen (or dirndl for the ladies) with the beer itself, brewed to a strength of around 5%, produced especially for the Edinburgh Oktoberfest and imported directly from Germany.
Prices vary according to when you visit. Wednesday is free to enter whilst on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays there’s a £5 entrance fee. On the two Saturdays, the entrance price rises to £10 and you’ll have to choose between an afternoon (12pm – 5pm) or evening (6pm – 11pm) session. However, if you opt for a food, beer and seat reservation package (£34 or £39 on Saturdays), you’ll get your entrance for free. This includes snacks, seat reservation, two 1.5 pints of German beer (or a bottle of wine at a small supplement), German schnitzel with Bavarian potato salad in addition to dessert. There’s also a special Sunday lunch option, to which children are welcome.
For more information and hiring of costumes, visit the website www.edinburgh-oktoberfest.co.uk.
And if Edinburgh is too far, then there’s even a London version taking place at Millwall Park from this coming Thursday until Sunday (2/3/4/5 October), and again from Thursday to Sunday the following week (9/10/11/12 October). Entrance is free apart from Saturdays (£10 admission charge). For more details of the London event, visit www.london-oktoberfest.co.uk.