Steins at the ready as Norwich is set for a second Oktoberfest event

Oktoberfest in Germany 2016. Photo by Gary Newstead

Oktoberfest in Germany 2016. Photo by Gary Newstead - Credit: Gary Newstead

Norwich is set to be spoilt for beer and bratwurst this year as a second Oktoberfest weekend is added to the calender.

A previous Oktoberfest in the region in 2016. Picture by Rob Andrews Barmaid Marcela Lekston

A previous Oktoberfest in the region in 2016. Picture by Rob Andrews Barmaid Marcela Lekston - Credit: Rob Andrews

But although being held just three weeks apart, organisers insist they are not going head to head.

The first event on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7 will see Norwich's Open venue transformed into a traditional Bierkeller, complete with European entertainment and continental food.

All money raised at the event will be donated to the Open Youth Trust charity, which finances the range of largely free activities OPEN offers to young people aged between seven and 25.

While the second event is pencilled in for two weeks later, on October 27 and 28, at Carrow Road and promises 30,000 litres of beer, traditional folk and 'Oompop' entertainment, and a selection of German food.


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This would be the same weekend as Norwich's annual beer festival, but the Oktoberfest dates could change if football fixtures mean there is a clash.

With both events being billed under the name Oktoberfest Norwich, some confusion has arisen over whether they were the same event.

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Tom Cummings, one of the people behind the latter event, said the response they had had so far had been overwhelming.

'It's quite early in the day, tickets go on sale March time for Norwich. We're finalising everything this week with the council. But it's been a huge response, the page has seen 8,000 sign ups. Norwich is a brilliant part of the world.'

The event Mr Cummings is organising is one of many held all over the country, which he said started out at universities before becoming more popular.

He added: 'We're not here to step on anyone's toes.'

John Gordon-Saker, CEO for Open said: 'Our two-day event which is aptly named Oktoberfest Norwich or ON for short will be taking place on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. It will bring together authentic Bavarian beer, food and entertainment in the form of the UK's most renowned Umpah band and top local Euro pop group. ON will be held over an international break, so there is no clash with any potential Norwich City game and our venue will become the home of one of the biggest celebrations ever seen in our Fine City.

'I'm delighted that Stephen Fry has endorsed this fundraising event on Twitter, as all profits are going to our youth charity, giving young people in Norwich the confidence and life skills to follow their own path and find work. We are also working on our Oktoberfest event with locally based Radius – who are events specialists and like ourselves were selected as finalists in the EDP's recent Business of The Year Awards.'

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