Dust off your lederhosen, give the dirndl a shake and get ready for some oompah music, Oktoberfest is back.
The Munich festival is now celebrated in cities throughout the world and Dubai is no exception. The original German event took place in 1810 in celebration of the wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 16. The festivities were later moved to October 1 in recognition of German reunification. The infectious sense of revelry is something that people throughout the world can relate to, including residents in the UAE. We take a look at a selection of venues and what they have to offer for fans of all things Bavarian.
Grand Oktoberfest at Grand Hyatt Dubai Taking place in an air-conditioned tent, with blue and white cloths hanging from the ceiling to give the impression of being outside, this Oktoberfest is in its seventh year. Munich band Die Kirchdorfer will be supplying the traditional music and have promised a song that’s been composed specially for the hotel. With the staff all decked out in traditional costumes and an array of authentically prepared dishes, this is usually a lively affair. October 17-November 2. Dhs180 (food only). Sat-Wed 7pm-12.30am, Thu and Fri 7pm-2.30am. The Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 1234).
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Taking place in the beachside hotel’s lush gardens, throughout the festival, the band Hemmendorfer Musikanten will be performing a lively oompah music set every night. With wooden benches and an enormous buffet of Bavarian dishes along with giant glasses for your hops, this evening tends to attract a cosmopolitan and jubilant crowd who like to get up and dance as the evening wears on. October 23-November 2. Dhs165 (food only). Sat-Wed. Dhs185 Thu and Fri, 7pm. Palm Garden Restaurant & Terrace, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (04 315 3861).
Hofbräuhaus This regally named restaurant will have a live oompah band to delight during Oktoberfest. And if you happen to tire of dancing, you can test your gastric stamina with a sausage-eating competition and for any closet artists, there’s even the opportunity to decorate your own lebkuchen (gingerbread). The restaurant will also be running a fun photo competition where there will be an opportunity to win a trip to Munich. October 17-31. Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house drinks), Dhs450 (premium drinks). Thu and Fri, 6pm-2am. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).
Oktoberfest all year round
If you have a yearning for all things Bavarian, head to these three venues for German-inspired food and drinks.
Brauhaus With imported hops, this nightspot attracts a loyal following who constantly return for the decent food and drinks offers. Jumeirah Rotana, Satwa (04 345 5888).
Der Keller For hearty portions (of drinks and food) this is the place to head. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8999).