Raise a glass as Ok­to­ber­fest comes to Coven­try


Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By FIONNULA HAINEY News Re­porter fionnula.hainey@reach­plc.com

A HUGE beer tent will be open­ing up in Coven­try to cel­e­brate Ok­to­ber­fest for one week­end only.

The cel­e­bra­tions fea­ture Bavar­ian beer - and lots of it - as well as tra­di­tional mu­sic and danc­ing.

Beer will be served in giant two-pint steins and if you need to line your stom­ach you can get your hands on bratwurst, pret­zels and more.

Live oom­pah bands will be pro­vid­ing the mu­sic, which will have you foot stomp­ing and ta­ble bash­ing into the night.

Guests are en­cour­aged to dress up in tra­di­tional gear which in­cludes leder­ho­sen for the guys and dirndl dresses for the girls. Ok­to­ber­fest is the world’s largest beer and folk fes­ti­val.

It tra­di­tion­ally takes place in Mu­nich, Ger­many from mid Septem­ber and lasts 18 days.

The event has at­tracted an in­ter­na­tional fol­low­ing and this year 5.9 mil­lion peo­ple de­scended on Mu­nich to at­tend while other cities across the world hold Ok­to­ber­fest style cel­e­bra­tions based on the Mu­nich event.

It be­gan in 1810 to cel­e­brate the mar­riage of Prince Lud­wig to Princess Therese of Sace-Hild­burghausen.

The royal new­ly­weds deemed the party so great that they wanted to re­peat it ev­ery year and so Ok­to­ber­fest has been cel­e­brated in Mu­nich ev­ery year since.

The tent will be on Hearsall Com­mon on Can­ley Road on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, at 6pm and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at 12pm and 6pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able at www.bavari­aevents.tick­etco.event

Ok­to­ber­fest Coven­try is an 18+ event.

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