What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is the biggest fair in the world, held annually for 16 days in Munich in – you guessed it – October. The German-themed festival has spread across the world to the UAE and is basically an excuse to indulge in loads of German cuisine, drink steins (litres of hops), dress up, and sing and dance along to quirky German music. If it sounds cheesy, that’s because it is. The festival started in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding, but bacame a hop festival that’s now so popular that A-list celebs such as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton fly to Germany to join in!
What to Wear
Going to Oktoberfest in normal clothing is like trick-or-treating on Halloween without a costume. Guys should wear lederhosen with braces and a felt hat, and women should wear a traditional dirndl dress. The custom is that ladies should attach a bow just above their apron, and where they position it is very important – place it on the right if you’re married and on the left if you’re single. Get your outfits locally from Mr Ben’s, in Al Ghazal Mall (www.mrbendubai.com), Expressions Dancewear & Costumes (www.expressions-dancewear.com), or online at www.ebay.com.
Grand Hyatt Dubai
The Grand Hyatt Dubai is resurrecting its famous Oktoberfest tent for the sixth year! Prepare to dance and sing along to tunes from Munich band Die Kirchdorfer, who have composed a song especially for the event! At this Oktoberfest celebration, dressing up is encouraged.
Indulge in authentic cuisine such as Weisswurst (white sausages) and Kaiserschmarrn (German pancake). Don’t forget to try a stein!
INFO: 7pm to 1am, Wednesday 10 to Saturday 27 October; Grand Hyatt Dubai; 04 317 2222, www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com.
Enjoy a buffet of festive treats and drinks plus music from the Münchner Gaudiblosn band!
INFO: Dhs269; 7pm to 12am, Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 October, 12pm to 5pm, Saturday 6 October; Amwaj Rotana Jumeira Beach Dubai; 04 428 2000, www.rotana.com.
Oktoberfest Dubai 2012
Dubbed as ‘Dubai’s largest German festival’, this huge annual Oktoberfest celebration will take over Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City, where 3,000 guests will sample German delicacies and drinks from an extensive spread. There’ll also be entertainment from a live Bavarian band, being flown over from the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Secure your tickets for Oktoberfest Dubai 2012 now!
INFO: Dhs100 including one free drink; 7pm to 2am, Friday 5 October; Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City; email@example.com, 04 425 1111,www.dubaisportscity.ae.
The Hub is going German in honour of Oktoberfest and swapping its stock of Guinness for Beck’s, Franziskaner and Warsteiner. Celebrate the festival with a stein or two of German hops as you tuck into traditional dishes including wiener schnitzel, bratwurst sausage and weisswurst sausage.
INFO: 4pm to 2am, Thursday 27 September to Sunday 7 October; Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach; 04 448 4862, www.sofitel.com.
Stars’n’Bars Abu Dhabi
Stars’n’Bars is throwing two parties this year! First up is the Oktoberfest Siren Party on Thursday where you get free pretzels and drinks deals every time you hear the siren going off. If that wasn’t enough for you, celebrate all over again at Oktober Finishes on Sunday!INFO: 7pm to 3.30am, Thursday 4 October, Sunday 7 October; Yas Marina & Yacht Club, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; 02 565 0101, www.starsnbars.ae.
Where better to celebrate Oktoberfest than at a traditional German restaurant! At Hofbräuhaus, feast on a huge authentic Bavarian feast including a variety of German sausages, homemade pretzels, beef goulash, veal dumpling, roast chicken and more. There will also be games such as a sausage-eating competition, a live band and the ‘Duck Dance’!
The buffet will be served on Thursday and Friday evenings, while an à la carte menu of traditional cuisine will be available from Saturday to Wednesday.
INFO: Buffest costs Dhs250 including soft drinks, Dhs350 including house drinks; 6pm to 2am, Tuesday 2 to Saturday 13 October; JW Marriot Diera, 04 607 7977, www.marriottdiningatjw.ae.
Corniche All Day Dining
Every evening Corniche All Day Dining will be serving German specialties such as spatzle, sauerbraten and tafelspitz, prepared by German-born Executive Chef Deff and his team. For an authentic experience, opt for the buffet with unlimited German beverages, or on Friday afternoon go along for the Oktoberfest-themed brunch.
INFO: Dhs150 with soft drinks, Dhs190 with unlimited German drinks; 7pm to 12am, 3 to 10 October, Friday Brunch 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs240 or Dhs440 with German drinks and bubbly; Sofitel Abu Dhabi, 02 813 7777, www.sofitel.com.
In celebration of Oktoberfest, Sports Café will be celebrating with a special German menu packed full of specialities from cold cuts of German meat to a selection of German hops.
INFO: 6.30am to 11pm, 4 to 6 October; Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai; 04 814 5555, www.jebelali-international.com.