Leeds Oktoberfest fun is already in full swing

GERMAN MEASURES: Staff at Bierkeller already have the giant steins in hand.
GERMAN MEASURES: Staff at Bierkeller already have the giant steins in hand.
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can’t wait for Oktoberfest? Then you really don’t have to as the city’s leading Bavarian bar has already started celebrating the biggest date in the German festival calendar.

The Bierkeller on The Headrow has teamed up with one of the largest family-run breweries in Germany, which has been brewing ales for more than 200 years, to pay homage to the festival which started as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12 1810.

It is just as lively here in Leeds as staff at the bar don traditional dress to keep the beer flowing and live music from the resident oompah band will make sure the party always goes with an energetic swing.

But it is of course about the beer and there will be steins and bottles of the Warsteiner premium pilsners and dark ale as well as various other drinks deals on.

Bierkeller says it is expecting a crowd of around 2,000 every night over the course of the festival and that dancing on the wooden benches and tables isn’t just allowed, it’s essential.

Jason Marling, general manager added: “Our team are experts at getting that authentic Bavarian atmosphere just right – we do it every weekend.

“But Oktoberfest is something special so we do our homework on the celebrations in Germany, experience them for ourselves and then bring back everything that makes it so fantastic for our customers to enjoy.

“This year we’re really pleased to have joined up with Warsteiner who brew excellent beers, and we’ve come up with some great drinks deals because we just want as many people as possible to get involved and have a ball.”

Oktoberfest runs at Bierkeller until October 1.