On Saturday the 28th September the MK Biergarten and York House Centre (Stony Stratford) are collaborating to celebrate the most famous of all German beer festivals. Between 12pm and 10pm, the York House Community Centre will play host to a traditional German Oktoberfest bar, Bavarian food and oompah style music.
'Why September?' I hear you say? In Munich, Oktoberfest is celebrated over two weeks and three weekends- with only the last weekend falling into October. This way we are hoping for more autumn sunshine and a lovely Biergarten atmosphere in front of York House.
In the main room of York House, staff in traditional Bavarian dress will be serving Paulaner Oktoberfestbier and Paulaner Weissbier. There'll be a small real ale bar upstairs. The brass band Der Huffunpuffers will entertain the thirsty crowds from 8pm with Bavarian style oompah music.
MK Biergarten has made all efforts to keep the event as authentic as possible, while making use of the wonderful range of local businesses the area has to offer. Food will be provided by the street food businesses Sizzlers Street Food and The Rub - Wood Smoked BBQ, with plenty of options for vegetarians, too. On the bar giant pretzels from Geoff's - Real Artisan Bread, based in Buckingham, will be on sale all day.
As at our last Oktoberfest, we will serve from pint glasses and German 1 litre Stein (or rather 'Mass') glasses and you will have the following options on the door:
- Entry including 1l mass glass and first mass: £20 (includes £5 refundable glass deposit)
- Entry including festival glass from previous festivals (pint and half pint available) and first pint of beer (or two halfs): £10
Advance tickers for £18 and £9 will also be sold directly at Biergarten from the end of August.
Children are welcome until 7pm and their entry is free. A small selection of cider and soft drinks will be available on the day.
Make sure to save the date and dust off your Lederhosen!