October 2019


Are you ready for Oktoberfest?
October 2019




Dance to the German Oompah at the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Bring out the German spirit of revelry, and dust out your Dirndl and Lederhosen because Oktoberfest is in town. The world's largest German festival has become a mainstay in the island's events calendar and Colombo is ready to celebrate.

Words: Keshini de Silva.

The entire city of Colombo flutters with blue and white checked flags while glasses clink to the tunes of German Oompah. "Prost!", the revellers shout as they embrace the spirit of Bavarian cheer. The world's largest Volksfest has spread its spirit to the island of Sri Lanka.

Oktoberfest is a tradition that traces its roots to Bavaria, Munich over a century ago. Beer brewed would be taken out by the barrels to celebrate the end of the harvest. Horses would ride into town with the barrels on their back, which has today morphed into the Oktoberfest parade. The Oktoberfest events throughout Bavaria attract millions of visitors each year. In Sri Lanka, we immerse in this jaunty atmosphere amidst balmy winds.

Oktoberfest in Sri Lanka will be a unique experience. Slip on your dancing shoes, grab an Oktoberfest hat and make merry. Prost to Oktoberfest!

As the wooden benches are laid out and the barrels are rolled in, the kitchens start creating an undoubtedly Bavarian Fest. After all, Oktoberfest would not be complete if not for the hearty and delicious spread. Centuries ago, festival-goers would roast an 800-900kg ox on a spit over an open fireplace. Today, this has been replaced by roast chicken, roast ham shanks, Würstl sausages, Sauerkraut and potato dumplings. German-pretzels are the perfect accompaniment and Oktoberfest in Sri Lanka sees pretzels of all sizes and flavours. Lebkuchen or heart-shaped gingerbread cookies iced with colourful decorations grab your attention. Strudel and German cakes on display will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Walking into Oktoberfest as the band performs German Oompah, your toes and heels will begin to feel the tingle of dance. Your head, probably bearing a Tyrolean hat or blue and white checkered headdress will nod to the rhythm if the music. Dancers clad in lederhosen will add to the merriment with renditions of Schuhplattler. Each stomp, clap and strike performed on stage and on benches will thrill the revellers. You can join in the jovial atmosphere and attempt a few moves.

The rambunctious atmosphere at Oktoberfest in Sri Lanka includes all age groups, making it an event for the entire family. There are special events and games to keep the children occupied.

Whether you are hoping to immerse in Bavarian culture, soak in the entertaining ambience or enjoy a pint or two with friends, Oktoberfest in Sri Lanka will be a unique experience. Slip on your dancing shoes, grab an Oktoberfest hat and make merry. Prost to Oktoberfest!

Information and photography
assistance provided by Hilton Colombo.

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    With so many revellers, Oktoberfest In Sri Lanka represents the largest Volkfest in the world.

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    The band performs German folk music as revelers tap away to the rhythm.

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    Oktoberfest offers a hearty spread of delicacies.

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    Dirndl and Lederhosen add to the traditional Bavarian cheer.

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