Raise your steins and enjoy a little slice of Bavarian tradition as Oktoberfest returns for two weekends of German-inspired shenanigans.
Oktoberfest may be a German tradition, but it’s fast becoming a Leeds one too. For the fourth year running, the city will host a Bavarian extravaganza that brings together German food, beer and music all under one roof. This year, they’re erecting a huge Oktoberfest tent at Temple Arches in the heart of the South Bank for two weekends of festivities.
Since the first event in 2016, Oktoberfest has welcomed over 10,000 revellers into its humongous tent and thousands more are set to party the night away this year. They’re taking over Temple Arches, a brand new blank canvas space minutes from the city centre, which will be transformed into a Munich Beer Hall. You’ll pass German-style arches and doorways before you enter the tent, which will be decked out in authentic German decorations to give it a proper Bavarian feel.
A beer hall needs beer and they’ll have plenty of it. You can get a mammoth two-pinter tankard filled with beer imported specially from Ayinger Brewery. It’s a multi-award-winning Bavarian brewery near Munich and they’re serving beers like Lager Hell, a Helles lager which is one of the most popular in Southern Bavaria. Or you can go all out with spirits, wine and a shot of Bavarian Schnapps.
Hungry? You won’t be for long. They’ve got German classics like bratwurst and currywurst to soak all that beer up. And no Oktoberfest would be complete without a traditional oompah band. Expect authentic German tunes from the Bavarian Strollers, as well as singalong classics everyone knows like ‘Sweet Caroline’. Soon you’ll be up on the tables, raising those steins in the air or even conga-ing around the venue.
The combination of beer, food and music makes Oktoberfest such a memorable weekend, as Lance Holden, one of the festival’s organisers, told us, “It’s a celebration of Bavarian beer, food and music, bringing the spirit of the world’s biggest beer festival to Yorkshire. Now in its fourth year, Oktoberfest Leeds has gone from strength to strength becoming the North’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration.”
So, what are you waiting for? Round up your mates, raise your stein and see Leeds become a part of Germany, for just a few hours. Prost!
Oktoberfest comes to Temple Arches, Globe Road from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th and Friday 18th to Saturday 19th October 2019. Tickets start from £8 per session, with one session each on Thursdays and Fridays and two sessions on Saturdays.