Oktoberfest set for Edinburgh return

A taste of Germany will be landing in the Capital next week.

Friday, 6th October 2017, 7:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:31 am
Edinburgh Oktoberfest will return to the Capital
Edinburgh Oktoberfest will return to the Capital

Edinburgh Oktoberfest will offer German beer, schnitzel and real Oomph music from Thursday.

The beer festival will be held over the course of four days in a tent able to hold up to 1,500 people. Visitors will be able to enjoy German delicacies, authentic beer and experience the Oktoberfest vibe.

Carsten Raun, administrative director of Edinburgh Oktoberfest, said: “We figured that we would bring the party back to Edinburgh for the fifth time around as the atmosphere there is always great and everybody seems to have a good time. I’m sure we are going to have a great party here.”

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He added: “We are from Munich, which is where Oktoberfest originates from but we have been spending the last few months travelling around Scandinavia and organising parties and now it’s the UK’s turn.”

The tent will also be serving German dishes including the iconic schnitzels, alongside the selection of beer.

The tent will be heated to keep the cold and wind at bay, which will also give guests the chance to dress up in characteristic Oktoberfest costumes. Revellers will also be able to either buy or rent the traditional lederhosen and dirndls at the event.

Mr Raun added: “We have a DJ playing Schlager music and we have a live band from Austria that plays authentic music.

“The Scots tend to like beer, food and music so there’s usually a great atmosphere.”

Next Sunday, the event will run a family-friendly day where people under the age of 18 are welcome to come along and enjoy the experience.

The event will take place at Red Square, West Princes Street Gardens.