Your guide to a DIY Oktoberfest

Get ready to don your lederhosen and consume your body weight in frankfurters, because the 600-year-long tradition of Oktoberfest is back with a bang. The appetite for celebrating the Bavarian festival has really ramped up, with lots of Birmingham’s events being fully booked this year. But fear not, bratwurst lovers, we’re here with our five tips to raising a stein in celebration of Oktoberfest 2021, all from the comfort of your own home.

Wooden table featuring German foods
Set the menu

You can always bank on Aldi and Lidl to get behind a good old German celebration. Bringing a taste of Bavaria to the UK, both supermarkets stock a whole host of traditional German drinks and foodstuffs, and often have special promotions on around the time of Oktoberfest. If you’re thinking of throwing a celebration at home and are wondering what to stock up on, we recommend sausages (frankfurters or bratwurst, take your pick), soft pretzels, sauerkraut, and schnitzel. You’ll find lots of German brewed beverages there too, if you so fancy.

Look the part

You don’t need to splash out on fancy dress or lederhosen to get the look. There’s plenty of DIY outfit inspo just a quick Google away, but you can’t go far wrong with a white/checked shirt, shorts, long socks, and milkmaid plaits or a silly hat to top it all off.

Beyond the bratwursts and brews

If you thought this festival was just about the sausages and beer, you’re wrong! It also has its own set of traditional (and ridiculous) games to take part in. There are even some you can do at home…favourites include: yodelling competitions, obstacle courses, beer pong and pumpkin carving.

Soundtrack? Sorted.

No Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without a traditional soundtrack, and luckily for you, the good people of Spotify have lined up tonnes of oompah bangers to set the scene. Did we mention that dancing like a chicken (or Vogerltanz) is also a commonplace pastime during Oktoberfest? Press play on your playlist and get practising - the sillier the better.

Take it online

If you were planning to celebrate with family and friends further afield, don't let any travel guidance dampen your oompah. Arrange a virtual get together instead and celebrate from the sofa. If you want to go the extra mile, you could always change your Zoom background to a traditional festival scene to really get into the spirit of things.

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