Oktoberfest is back in Edinburgh

Image courtesy of 46137/ Flickr

Image courtesy of 46137/ Flickr

Dust off your lederhosen and get your dancing shoes on as Oktoberfest comes to Edinburgh for the third year running.

Thousands of beer lovers are expected to descend on Prince’s Street Gardens this weekend to  take part in the 200 year-old festival that originated in Munich.

The festival  began at the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810.  During the wedding the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Due to its success the event continued and quickly became a tradition.

Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2010, only Wars and cholera epidemics have briefly interrupted the yearly beer celebration.

The beer for this years Edinburgh festival is brewed specially in Germany according to the German purity law and has a strength of approx. 5.0%. The ‘Edinburgh Oktoberfest Beer’ is then shipped to Scotland where is pumped directly into the events draught pipes to insure a fresh pint.

The festival which celebrates the Bavarian culture will begin this evening and  run until Sunday night.

When: Wednesday 7th October- Sunday 11th October.

Where: Prince’s Street Gardens.

How much: 

Wednesday: free

Thursday: £5

Friday:£10

Saturday: £10

Sunday: £5

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