Exmouth Are Ready For Oktoberfest, Are You?
By Sofy Robertson
This weekend, Exmouth will host the first annual Oktoberfest on the Strand.
The event hopes to bring “Bavarian culture to Exmouth with beers, food, music and everything else that will have you dancing in your lederhosen on top of a wooden table!” These are definitely big promises, but looking at the line-up for the weekend it seems likely that they will deliver.
The event, held on the 5th and 6th October, will boast live music, a Bratwurst BBQ, dancing, beer steins and of course fancy dress. Not even the Great British Weather will hold this event back, with the erection of several large marquees taking place over the next few days.
George Nightingale, owner of Spoken and founder of Quick Gin, Exmouth’s first gin, is the organiser of Oktoberfest. He kindly took the time out of today’s busy preparations for the weekend to talk to Grow about what Oktoberfest has to offer.
What gave you the idea to host Oktoberfest in Exmouth?
“Exmouth needs exciting new events and we thought it would be the perfect place to host Oktoberfest.”
Talk me through what’s going on at the moment in preparation for the weekend.
“The build process is currently taking place. We have our 1960s green bus with a commercial kitchen, ready to serve a traditional German feast. The PA system is setting up and the bands are rehearsing. Everything is coming together for the five hundred people arriving on the weekend.”
Have you been to an Oktoberfest in Germany?
“Yes, I went to one in Erding. There were 5000 people in a marquee! Let’s hope we will be able to do that one day.”
Let’s hope so too, George. Exmouth is a town with a fantastic amount of potential that often suffers off-season, as many British seaside towns do. It is fantastic to see local businesses pulling together and creating initiatives that will benefit both them and their community.
Well, I’m off to practice my Schuhplattler (that’s a traditional style of folk dance popular in Bavaria, if you didn’t know) ready for the weekend.
You can follow the progress of the Oktoberfest set-up here.