As the cliche goes, “Es ist die zeit des jahres wieder!” That’s Google Translate’s take on “It’s that time of year, again!” Oktoberfest, of course.
Oktoberfest is the world's largest “volksfest” (beer festivalandtravelling funfair). Held annually inMunich,Bavaria,Germany, it is a 16-dayfolk festivalrunning from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.
The Oktoberfest is an important part ofBavarianculture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also holdOktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the 16 days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response toGerman reunificationso that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now open 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (October 4), to mark the 200th anniversary of the event.
Home here in Bangalore, we don’t throw the calendar at the cause. We celebrate Oktoberfest because there’s another reason to celebrate.
The chefs at JW Kitchen have broken out the wurst, donned the lederhosen and laid out what they call a decadent feast that includes culturally appropriate renditions of traditionally cured sausages. The Currywurst (sausage with spicy sauce) will bring a tear to the Indian eye.
And there’s Krakauer. They will be smoking out flavours to be relished with varieties of sauces and sauerkraut (how can you not).
We recommend heading straight to the Pretzel bar and downing toasted pretzel with butter, cinnamon sugar, spicy cheddar - yes, all of the above.
It’s not all curry. We also recommend the Chefs Crafted Beer Caramel Ice cream.
The festival is open from19 Sep to 04 Oct 2015. 7:30pm to 11pm (dinner only).
JW Kitchen, JW Marriott, 24/1, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore