History on the festival: Oktoberfest, which started as a Beer festival and traveling funfair in Munich, Germany is now celebrated all over the world. With more than 6 million people attending in Munich, the festival starts in mid or late September till October.
So why is the Oktoberfest celebrated in September?
As per Oktoberfest.de, the first fest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.
Oktoberfest in Mumbai:
- Beer & Burger Festival at Old Wild West
Location: Lower Parel
Dates: 16 September onwards
A restaurant by the day & a bar at night is hosting an enticing Beer & Burger Festival which combines our favorite dishes the burger, fries & the ceaseless beers. It is a combination that never goes out of style and never fails to impress.
Buy any of our burgers from our specially curated menu and avail Hoegaarden or Stella Artois draught beer at INR 200/-
- Grand Octobier Fest at Grand Hyatt
Location: Santacruz East
Dates: 05th- 08th October
Celebrate chef-crafted traditional Bavarian delights and refreshing brews from around the world under a majestic festive tent.
- Boston Butt
Dates: 16th September – 4th October
Boston Butt has brought up a specially curated menu and craft beer options of about 1500 ml at just INR 777++ that would encourage continual drinking & eating all season long.
- Harry’s Bar+Café
Dates: 17th September-01st October
Get ready to guzzle down some fine #beers from around the world and grub on a specially curated #OktoberfestMenu.
- Blanco – Bar Eatery Hangout
Location: Andheri (West)
Dates: 17th September – 3rd October
This Oktoberfest enjoy scrumptious delights from Germany, beer concoctions, and beer games in the Santorini way at Blanco!
- Gateway Taproom
Dates: 29th September – 22nd October
In addition to the German specials (food and beer) the place will be done up with colors of Germany and Oktoberfest. The idea is to give Mumbai a taste of Munich.
- Mumbai Oktoberfest 2017
Location: Mahalaksmi Racecourse
Dates: 4th to 7th October
The Mumbai Oktoberfest is part of ‘German Days in Mumbai’ celebrations which is co-hosted by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany. The ‘German Days in Mumbai’ will showcase various facets of Germany excellence along the lines of Business, Education, Tourism, Sports and Lifestyle. Experience Munich in Mumbai, and dance to the tunes of the official Oktoberfest Band ‘Die Kirchdorfer’ which plays live in the Munich Oktoberfest since 1994.
- Octobeerfest at British Brewing Company
Location: Multiple outlets in the city.
Dates: Ongoing till 15th October
To make this Octobeerfest more exciting British Brewing Company brings to you (a) draught beer at INR 99/- for a pint between 4pm-7pm (b) one free Hoegaarden beer on purchase on two, (c) a KF beer bucket with three on one pint of beers at INR 630/- (plus taxes) or (d) 660 ml of any craft beer priced at INR 599/- (plus taxes). If free flowing beer is on your mind, get endless draught beers at INR 599/- (AI) for two hours from 4 pm to 7 pm on all days of the week.