It’s a real joy to able to celebrate events such as this, none of us have been to Oktoberfest, never gave it much of a thought really. I didn’t know quite what it was or what to expect.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest. It is held annually in Munich, Germany. It is a 16-to-18-day folk festival that begins in late September and runs to the first Sunday in October. In excess of six million people attend every year. Oktoberfest originated on October 12th, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis 1, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghhausen.
Sadly, this year’s Oktoberfest was cancelled due to the pandemic but that didn’t stop us, we held our own festival right here at Layston Grove. The festival is well-known for its dancing, singing and general debauchery but it is most famous for its beer and food.
We gathered in the lounge where we were greeted by three waitresses, dressed in their finest Bavarian costumes, we were issued with our regulation silly hats and ushered inside to the sound of German folk music.
The room smelled amazing; the table was laden with tasty treats including schnitzel, pretzels and German sausages. We’d not long had lunch, but the smell had me salivating. I couldn’t help but spot the large selection of beers, it was a very tempting spread.
We had so much fun, we danced, we sang, we chatted, and we laughed. We ate far too much food and some of us got a little carried away with the beer. There was a real party atmosphere.
I feel sad that the Oktoberfest was cancelled this year, for those who attend it must be a real annual highlight. I hope that they were able to celebrate in their own way and I hope that, if they did, they had as much fun as we had. What a wunderbar afternoon.