Oktoberfest is an autumnal festival traditionally hosted in Munich, Germany at the end of September into the start of October. Held annually with an attendance of more than 6 million people, this combined beer festival and travelling funfair has spawned faithful copies around the world that are closely modelled on the Munich event.
During the festivities, copious amounts of Oktoberfest beer are consumed alongside traditional German food. Thankfully, much of the beer served is vegan by accident as the majority of German beer is still brewed in accordance with the German Beer Purity Law; otherwise known as Reinheitsgebot.
These Oktoberfest beers are a style of lager called Märzen or Märzenbier that vary in colour from pale gold to dark brown and have a medium to full body, a malty flavour, and a clean dry finish.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the traditional Bavarian food served at these events which often features Bratwurst (grilled German sausage) alongside a plethora of other non-vegan dishes featuring pork and beef.
There’s no need to feel disheartened, as this year two of the Oktoberfest events that are occurring in the UK are fully vegan affairs!
Vegtoberfest is the UK's first 100% vegan Oktoberfest taking place in Camden Town. The festival will feature vegan-friendly Bavarian beers including Spaten and Lowenbrau alongside a special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Camden Town Brewery.
The festival wouldn’t be complete without the authentic food, so Camden’s leading vegan street food specialists, Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner, will be serving 100% vegan, Bavarian Weisswurst, Bratwurst and Bockwurst sausages with all the trimmings.
You can find out more about Vegtoberfest, including tickets, here: www.vegtoberfest.co.uk/
If you’re unable to attend this attend, then fear not as on 20th October the South West's first vegan Oktoberfest is coming to Stroud! Held on Saturday 20th October at the Malthouse Bar & Kitchen in Stroud, there will be plenty of beer, German-style wieners and live music.
The German-themed festival will be serving an array of authentic beers from local breweries, including Stroud Brewery and Bristol-based Moor Brewery. In the kitchen, the legendary Seitan’s Grill team will be serving up some special German treats with epic sauces and traditional style potato cakes.
You can find out more about the South West’s first vegan Oktoberfest Beer Festival, including tickets, here: www.facebook.com/events/214393542555226/
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