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Friday, October 03, 2014

If your answer is the dreadful October heat, then we have the perfect solution to your problems — Oktoberfest! Dev Goswami & Shirley Mistry tell you all about various Oktoberfest events in the city and bring you some fun facts

It has to be fate, because Oktoberfest comes at the perfect time for us Mumbaikars. Before the weather slips into the short-lived, often rare, but always blissful winter chill, you have to bear the brunt of the October heat. But, we like to think of the positives, and so, we believe that the heat is just all the more reason to make the most of the several Oktoberfest events that are happening across the city. Read on as we tell you what restaurants to visit over the next few days and bring you some fun facts about this festival, which is over 200-years-old — you didn’t know it was that old to begin with, did you?!

Eighteen The Lounge
Eighteen The Lounge at Westin Garden City is offering an array of amazing deals on beer. They have a 4-pint beer bucket, priced at Rs 900 for Indian beer and Rs 1,500 for international beer. One of their best offerings is the unlimited beer and appetisers package priced at Rs 1,800. Also, if you visit in a group, you can get a beer bucket along with two starters for no extra charge, if you order five beer buckets. That’s not it, though. They also have delicious traditional German fare, such as Hendl (Roast Chicken), Steckerfisch (grilled skewered fish), Knodel (potato dumplings) and Obatzda (spiced cheese-butter spread), along with a range of Indian kebabs, as part of their Oktoberfest spread. There are also several bar games that you can look forward to, which will make the event all the more fun.
When Up to October 5
Where Westin Garden City, International Business Park, Goregaon (e)
Contact 61470101

Road House Bluez
Popular rock and retro bar in Andheri, Road House Bluez is giving their Oktoberfest celebrations an Indian touch. They are offering unlimited domestic beer, along with a vast spread of sausages. You can look forward to delicious options such as the Chicken Frankfurter, chicken cheese and onion, pork and bacon bratwurst and pork garlic krakauer sausages. The offer is available every day, and promises to be an excellent extravaganza of delicious food that you can’t afford to miss out on.
When Up to October 5, from 6pm to 10pm
Where Road House Bluez, Ground Floor, Tokyo house, J.P Road, Andheri (w)
Contact 9833398522

Round two, at The Daily
The Daily is fast becoming our favourite place to go, especially after they hosted a range of specialised cuisine events last month. Continuing their winning streak, they are back with this Oktoberfest Bavarian extravaganza. The second edition of the 12-day festival will include 17 varieties of beer, including Warsteiner from Germany, Murphy’s from Ireland, Fullers Black Can Stout from the United Kingdom and Amstel Light from Amsterdam. They are also offering deals on selected beer. You can look forward to offers where you can get the second beer at 50% off and another, where you get the third beer for free. On the food front, they don’t disappoint either. Devour Bavarian dishes such as Potato ‘n’ Beer Soup, German pretzels with sauerkraut, beef bratwurst and a special Oktoberfest pizza. With carnival music playing the perfect backdrop to the festivities, you can also try your hand at beer games such as beer pong and flip cup and stand a chance to win a prize if you visit the restaurant while wearing traditional Bavarian costumes. Seal the deal by commemorating the entire experience at their special photo booth on the last day.
When Up to October 11
Where The Daily, Ground Floor, Behind Shoppers Stop, S.V Road, Bandra (w)
Contact 9920446633

The full German experience at Vicinia Café-Bar
Vicinia Café-Bar is offering customers an exciting German experience all through Oktoberfest. They have over 30 imported types of beer on offer, along with which you can devour finger-licking German preparations such as Chicken Schnitzel, Grilled German Sausages, German Broth and German Potato Salad. They also have two exciting offers on drinks to make the experience worth the money that you will be spending. They have a buy-two-get-one-free offer on international beers and will be offering unlimited Budweiser for just `999.
When Up to October 5
Where Vicinia Café-Bar, Ground Floor, Chinoy Mansion, Kemps Corner
Contact 23681010

Beer fest at The Beer Café
The Beer Café is known for its extensive beer list, and all through Oktoberfest you can sample a range of German beer such as Erdinger, Krombacher, Valentins, Schneider Weisse and Paulane. They also have offers on buckets of beer, so make sure that you check with your server before you place an order. While you’re there, don’t miss out on their unique Beer Sliders offer, which comprises of eight beers and a choice of beer bites, priced at `2,000, exclusive of taxes, for two people. Other German-inspired food options include sausage platters with unique sausages such as Chicken Nuremberg, German styled smoked, cheese sausages and Krakauer.
When Up to October 31
Where The Beer Café, Phoenix Market City, Kurla and Viviana Mall, Thane

A slice of Bavaria at Gaylord
Gaylord is an institution in itself and they are giving foodies a good reason to visit them soon. Along with beer varieties such as Murphy’s Irish Stout, Amstel Lager Holland, Fullers London Pride AK, Stella Artois Germany, Carona, Birra Moretti Italy, Sagres Portugal and Virnie Estonia, you can sample German-inspired dishes such as Quiche Coburg, Pears Stromberg, Sausage & Sauerkraut Fritters, Loin Schnitzel and Beer Roast Chicken. Gaylord’s Bake Shop will also serve freshly-baked German breads such as pumpernickel bread, pretzels and fullgrain rye bread — Vollkornbrot and lip smacking desserts such as Berliners, Kirsch, custard buns, Black Forest cake, Lebkuchen and German yoghurt — Quark.
When Up to October 5
Where Gaylord Restaurant, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate
Contact 22821259

Festivities at Out of the Blue, Khar
We love Out of the Blue for its cosy atmosphere and great food. So, visit them for their range of Oktoberfest delights. You can sample several types of German beer, along with a special menu that features German-inspired burgers, sausages and meat preparations.
When Up to October 5
Where Out of the Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, 14 Union Park, Off Carter Road, Khar
Contact 26003000

FUN FACTS

  • Even though the event is called Oktoberfest, it actually begins during the third weekend of September and is celebrated till the first Sunday of October.
    The festival, which is over 200-years-old, originated as a celebration of the marriage of Crown King Ludwig and Queen Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, in October, in 1810.
  • Did you think that you could try different kinds of beer from all across the word at this beer festival? Well, you’re wrong! Munich holds monopoly over Oktoberfest, as only beer brewed in the city of Munich is allowed to be served at the event. Each of Munich’s six breweries have their own tents, where they serve their brew.
  • Oktoberfest might be known for its beer consumption, but it’s actually more like a carnival. In the past, it featured horse racing, contests, games and even freak shows (an exhibition of humans with biological oddities). While horse racing and freak shows might not be part of the event any more, you can still enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere.
  • The beer served at Oktoberfest follows quality standards that were laid down as far back as 1516. The Reinheitsgebot — purity law — specifies what ingredients a beer can include and how it must be fermented.
  • The festival is officially declared open only after the mayor of Munich taps a beer keg. The tradition is for the mayor to tap the beer keg and then yell ‘O’ zapft is!’ — ‘it’s tapped!’ — after which the festival is declared open. Every year, bets are placed on how many attempts the mayor will need to successfully tap the keg.
  • The Oktoberfest is recognised as the world’s largest Volksfest — people fair. It is estimated that more than six million people visit Oktoberfest every year!
  • Children aren’t banned from the festival grounds, but (unsurprisingly) the festival receives several complaints every year about missing children. So much so, that there is a special tent dedicated to keeping track of lost and found children.
  • If you are ever lucky enough to visit Oktoberfest, don’t make the mistake of asking for a pint of beer. Beer is only served in 1-litre mugs here.
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