Oktoberfest is usually associated with Munich in Bavaria. However, it is becoming increasingly popular further afield, and the Mosel region is no exception.
On the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October, a large marquee on Endertplatz in Cochem will house the Mosel’s very own Oktoberfest. For once in the year, wine gives way to Bavarian beer accompanied by hearty southern food and “oompah” music.
I myself have never been to the Oktoberfest in Munich, but I have been to ones in Berlin and Essen. Whilst purists will scoff at those, they were great fun and everyone was having a brilliant time, albeit drink induced. If you want to see German culture and people at their best (or worst?!), try an Oktoberfest!
Admission is from 6.30 p.m. with the fun commencing from 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost € 13.95 and can be ordered online at https://www.ticket-regional.de/events.php.
For groups of 8 or more, tables can be reserved by emailing reservierung@sw–verlag.de after purchasing the tickets. The email needs to include your first and last name, your hometown, the date you purchased the tickets for and the number of persons. The organisers will then try their best to ensure you are all seated together. Table reservation requests must be made by Friday 19th October latest. Reserved tables must be occupied by 8.30 p.m. otherwise they will be released. Telephone reservations are not possible.
Be warned, these events are extremely popular and tickets sell out fast. Oh, and to seriously get into the spirit of things, there is an excellent shop called Der Modeladen on Moselpromenade 13-14 in Cochem. There you can buy all manner of authentic Bavarian clothing at reasonable prices.
(Image courtesy of the Ferienland Cochem website)