THE conference centre of the Gulf Hotel, Bahrain, will once again
wear the look of the Schottenhamel tent on September 30, as the
guests get a chance of living the heady magic of the popular
Bavarian festival – the Oktoberfest.
Although the festival – which is more of a beer festival with
quite a bit of history – is being organised at the hotel for close
to 20 years now, there will be a revival of sorts when the beer mugs
get filled with fresh lager on the last Thursday of the
Oktoberfest will not just be bigger, but Gulf Hotel
promises a fantastic atmosphere drummed up by the six-piece
Lasterbacher Band, a fabulous buffet, a good collection of the best
of German wine with an assortment of regular and premium spirits,
and a lot of fun and contests that could leave everybody
With the furniture rearranged to suit the Bavarian way
of eating and dining, with long tables joined end-to-end allowing
the guests to sit side-by-side, it will be a long night of eat,
drinks and dance.
As the evening passes into night and the
spirits start taking a toll Germans indulge in a dance called the
schlun beln, which is more of swaying from side to side with your
arms locked in the arms of your neighbours at the elbows.
the main attractions of the festival will be a drinking contest
during which German beer is served in heavy, one-litre mugs, making
the action of bringing a mug to the mouth equal to a five-pound
Plenty of food accompanies the various beers that
are available. Some of the favourites include the pickled and
marinated fish, Black Forest Ham, Bavarian sausage, pickled cabbage,
pickled pork knuckle, bread dumplings, German noodle, German bread,
pickled braised beef, meat loaf, suckling pig, among others.
buffet also includes a list of mouth-watering German desserts that
include apple strudel, black forest cake, Bienenstiel (sweet yeast
dough glazed with honey and almonds)
The first Oktoberfest was
held in the year 1810 in honour of the Bavarian Crown Prince
Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von
The festivities began on October 12, 1810
and ended on October 17 with a horse race. The following years, the
festivities continued and, were lengthened to include many more
Advancing the festivities into the month of September,
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 has continued
into present times.
Tickets are priced at BD14 (regular) and BD13
(for the Prestige Club), and are inclusive of