Monday, October 4, 2010

Oktoberfest - the evening experience

So I was there on Saturday evening with two friends. I was prepared to be underwhelmed, since I've been to the REAL Oktoberfest in Munich. First off: there's a great buzz around the area. Lots to see and eat, plenty of people milling around. We arrived just after 6 and promptly spent over an hour queuing in the rain to get in. So my advice is to get there around 5pm. Once we got in, things were better. There was lots of interesting German food, though I criticise them for having the menus only in German. I was also amazed at the number of actual German people imported for the event, and even more surprising, a lot of them seemed not to speak English. I thought it was the law in Germany that everyone learn to speak better English than natives! I had to dig into my rusty school Deutsch on 3 separate occasions. Naturally, there was a beer tent and we went into it. It was very like being at the actual Oktoberfest. Beer in steins, cheesy music, nowhere to sit because all the tables were jammed and every 10 minutes or so, a beer song (usually the same one though). I dutifully reproduce the lyrics here for those who have still to attend.

Ein prosit, ein prosit, der Gem├╝tlichkeit!
Ein prosit, ein prosit, der Gem├╝tlichkeit!

And then:
Eins, zwei, drei, g'suffa!

And then an optional:
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke!
Ho Ho Ho!

If you're staying after 10pm, you have to buy a wristband which gives you a food voucher and you can't buy anymore beer if you don't have it. This is to comply with liquor laws.

So the rules: get there early wearing comfy shoes, an umbrella will be essential as you'll mostly be standing up and outside but it's lots of fun! Very much like the real thing without the fun fair and the different types of beer.

1 comment:

  1. I liked that the menus were only in German. It's, you know, educational or something.