Drink Beer & Think Beer!
Heights of Indian Standard Time was seen lately (pun intended!) when the Oktoberfest was organized in December. I guess, traveling from Munich to Mumbai took all this time. Whatever the reason, the better the weather, the more enjoyable it becomes.
The festival took place on 2nd December 2016 at Mahalaxmi Race Course – Royal Western India Turf Club. The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce organized the entire three-day carnival in association with Hafele, HDFC Ergo, Rodl & Partner and several others. I was greeted by Shrutika Joshi who is one of the members in the organizing team from Indien. Christmas Fest on the weekend concludes the 7th edition of the Festival India.
The history of the event dates to 1810 when a Bavarian King Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe Hildburghausen on October 12 and the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate their union. From there, the fest grew enormously adding parades, performances, live band & carnival booths. Originating in Germany, the fest has travelled to several countries and is celebrated all over the world for the love of beer and folk culture of the Germans. Most locals also call it ‘Wiesn” due to its location.
Apart from the German Beer, which is apparently the most imperative part of the festival; I saw several food counters to satiate the hunger of people coming straight from work.
Looking at the footfall, weekday did a little to dampen the spirit of Mumbai Beer Lovers.
From tapping of the first keg to the end of the event, people showed immense eagerness & excitement. Ladies came dressed in Dirndle (traditional Bavarian outfits) to add to the spirit of the festival.
The German Band Die-Kirchdorfer, amplified the mood as the evening took off. The fair also included international tourists and some who had flown in from other Indian cities.
From wheat beer, dark beer to non-alcoholic beer; there was a choice for everyone. For party lovers who are not into beer but would still want an alcoholic beverage, there was wine as well on the menu. Some folks poured their beer in mugs larger-than-one-could-hold.
Beer binges continued with impromptu dancing by all who were in complete party-hard mood to start their weekend.
I say, this was the place to be on Friday evening. What better way to start your month than holding a Maßkrug and dancing to the German music?
Here are some German words you should know to survive the festival next time –
1. Wiesn – If you come across a local, try saying – I moag die weisn – which means I love Oktoberfest.
2. O’Zapft - It’s Tapped – When the first keg is opened.
3. A Maß - A stone jug which could hold 1 litre of beer
4. Prosit – A toast or Cheers!