Oktoberfest – Electric Ballroom

OKTOBERFEST

A review by Tanya Howard

After two successful sell out festivals last year this one was promised to be bigger and better than ever at the famous Electric Ballroom in Camden. Fully decked out as a traditional Bavarian beerhall complete with long wooden tables and bunting, and with waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen ready to fill your steins to the brim with German beer, and your mouths full of German sausages, I was very excited to attend my first ever Oktoberfest event.

As soon as we got the invitation I knew exactly who to take with me, my very own Oktoberfest expert who has been attending the event for the past five years all across London, who also shares my love for fancy dress. Ameera already owned a red Bavarian beer girl outfit so I had a hunt on eBay and found myself a yellow and green version to get in the spirit… And yes, we both got on public transport in our outfits and made our way to London because why not.

Upon arriving at the venue, we were pleased to find that inside was a much larger space than it looks from the outside and that a lot of people had got in the spirit and dressed up too. With multiple bars, two different floors, an outside area for food and smoking, and a big dancefloor in front of the stage there was plenty of room for all the people attending. Although they could have done with a few more seated areas as we spent a lot of the time on our feet, which for a 7-hour event can get a little tiring or sore so I would definitely advise any girls attending to wear flats.

They were serving a wide selection of highly-regarded German beers supplied by Spaten, Lowenbrau and Becks, and are all served in the iconic stein glasses, but if like me you are not the biggest fan of beer they do have a range of other drinks available including wine, spirits and alcopops. The food was supplied by Herman Ze German, a fast food restaurant that served German sausages dishes, such as Bockwurst, Schnitzel and Currywust which is what I tried on the day. Spicier and larger than expected I’m not sure I would be in a hurry to have it again, but it was going down very well with the huge queue that had formed at the vendor.

Alongside the food and drink the entertainment was a mix of live music and DJs, with the audience being given challenges and competitions to enter to get them hyped up and involved. The Old Dirty Brasstards, a 10-piece drum and brass ensemble provided the live music playing covers, classics and oompah favourites, and were supported by Club De Fromage as compere’s and DJ’s.

We spent a great deal of the evening dancing until our feet couldn’t take it anymore, making friends with other attendees (because what puts you in a friendlier mood than lots of alcohol, food and good music) and hiding from the stalker I had gained for the evening. I would definitely recommend going to an Oktoberfest event should you get the chance, fancy dress is really encouraged, and Ameera wants to know why you haven’t been already, if you love dressing up and drinking what’s not to love. See you there next year!