Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival held in Munich, Germany at the end of September. Photo / 123rf
Please be grateful that you are not in Germany at the moment. For a country that consumes nearly 100 liters of beer per person per year, produces around 91 million hectoliters, and produces it in 1,300 breweries, Oktoberfest 2021 – the country’s most beer-centric festival – was canceled.
Contrary to its misleading name, the Munich-based event (which is also the world’s largest folk festival) runs from mid-September to the end of September for 16-18 days, during which seven million liters of beer, causing belching, will be gobbled up, alongside copious amounts of traditional Bavarian food. Namely, the meat, because it’s not Oktoberfest without the sweats of Würstl sausage.
Inclined to a goblet of the golden stuff ourselves in New Zealand, we are bound to embrace Oktoberfest with as much enthusiasm as Europeans. Lucky for us, there are several local festivities that you can don your leather panties for.
NZ Oktoberfest takes place over two days on Wellington’s waterfront, with this year’s event pushed back (but thankfully not canceled – danke schön!) To November 26-27. Expect German-style beers alongside local craft beers and signature flavors from the nation’s beer capital. Jump online and buy tickets on oktoberfest.co.nz, with prices starting at $ 40 per person.
Dunedin’s annual Craft Beer and Food Festival is also coming to a beer jug near you. Transferred to new summer dates between December 3-4, 2021, the city’s Forsyth Barr Stadium will again be jostling with New Zealand beer vendors, food and live music. Secure your place at ticketmaster.fr.
If you just can’t wait that long, the Hobbiton Movie Set Beer Festival takes place on Friday November 19 and Saturday November 20 from 5:30 p.m. Ticket holders are treated to Hobbiton Movie Set-exclusive craft beers, a buffet banquet, and a party marquee, but you’ll need to get in quickly as Saturday is already full and Friday tickets are following suit. To verify hobbitontours.com for the remaining availability.
Of course, if the lockdown has got you all too used to bringing merriment inside, a DIY in your living room is plausible. Just order a case of German beer and kick your pants off in favor of long socks and knee-length shorts. An assortment of lederhosen natty costumes is available at partyonline.co.nz, while inspiration on how to compete in folk dance success can be sought online. Make sure you follow the alert level restrictions in your area. If you are at level 3, don’t break your bubbles – keep the guest list virtual. And, speaking of virtual, you can have an Oktoberfest 2021 tour (youtube.com/watch?v=kFT7juC08GM) playing on a loop until the real festivities resume in 2022.
Check alert level restrictions and advice from the Department of Health before traveling. covid19.govt.nz