**PLEASE NOTE: The competition below is now closed, Congratulations to the winner Steve McCarthy**
The largest Volkefest in the world ('people festival' in German, an event combining a beer festival with a travelling funfair), Munich's Oktoberfest is known across the globe.
Celebrating Bavarian culture, the event is a vibrant mix of beer halls, traditional food, stalls, attractions, live music, and games taking place over 16 days running from late September to the first weekend of October.
We've teamed up with Stoke Travel to not only create jam-packed event packages, which include pre-pitched camping tents, food, tours and free drinks, BUT we've also got an an incredible prize to give away!
Read on after our handy guide to find out more...
When you arrive:
- The event is HUGE so when you first arrive it's probably best to find an easy to remember meeting place in case you and your friends get separated.
- Tent numbers vary from year to year but on average there are 14 main tents and several smaller ones, along with beer gardens and a massive funfair.
- Do your tent research before you go, because while every tent maintains a happy vibe, each have their own personality.
- According to departul.com - Schottenham tent is for the younger attendees, locals prefer Augustiner, Fischer Vroni has the best fish selection, Hacker Pschorr is a "hip" tent, whereas everyone needs to visit the Hippodrome tent at least once over the whole weekend.
- During the day to welcome families and the elderly, music in beer halls is softer and sometimes more traditional, whereas from 6:00pn the music is turned up and amongst the traditonal drinking songs, there will be some infectious pop songs played!
- Capacity in the large tents range from 1,000 up to 4,000 people, whereas smaller tents can range between 60 - 300 people.
- Countless blogs recommend a 'buddy system' when going to the toilet, as it's very easy to lose your table if you are not paying attention, especially in the large capacity tents.
- A lot of the tents are inspired by moments of German history and tradition, or focused around certain foods, drinks and themes.
What to eat:
- Essential foods to try include "Hendl" - roast chicken, "Brezen" - pretzel, "Sauerkraut" - red cabbage, and every variety of sausage available.
What to do:
- Like funfairs? Then you'll be in heaven. We dare you to go on them after your stein! There is also a flea circus, as well as all kinds of other weird and wonderful games to play.
- Only beer adhering to the "Reinheitsgebot" a.k.a "The German Beer Purity Law" and made within the city of Munich is served at Oktoberfest, so you really will get an authentic taste of Germany.
- Make sure you get into the sprit of dress, everyone WILL be in fancy dress, there are often plenty of shops in Munich selling Lederhosen or Dirndls in preparation for the big event.
- Celebrities will and do appear...
What you need to know:
- The beer may be a little pricey at around 10 euros a serving but, the steins are huge 1 litre delights, and it is stronger than your average beer, ranging between 6-8%.
- Make sure you bring cash, only a few tents accepts cards and even at those it's generally preferred by busy servers if you can pay by cash, there is often ATMs outside the event grounds so don't forget.
- Don't try and steal your stein, security guards will do bag checks and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to buy one at merchandise stalls.
- Generally, the atmosphere will feel more local and less busy during the week, and more international and busy during the weekend.
- Reserving tables is important to think about, if you are attending during Mon - Thu you should be ok, however Fri - Sun are peak times and turning up without reservations is risky.
- To make reservations you will need to call the organisers of whichever tent you want to go to, websites and contact details can often be found.
- Pace yourself, keep hydrated, eat lots and have fun!
We've teamed up with Stoke travel to offer the ultimate competition prize! We're offering you the chance to win an Oktoberfest package for two people worth €600! The package will include pre-pitched tents at the party campsite, breakfast and dinner every day, unlimited drinks, guides to the event, a visit to Dachau and a bike tour around Munich.
To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter your name and email address below before 23:59 GMT on Thursday 10th September. Check out the terms and conditions below and good luck!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Entrants must be aged 18 or over
- Applicants can only enter once
- The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on 10th September 2015.
- The winner will be announced and contacted the following day and will have 72 hours to reply and confirm if they are interested in the prize.
- In your claim email you must have the contact email, contact phone number and name of the guest you wish to bring
- After 3 tries if no winner is selected the prize will be removed
- Festicket reserves the right to amend or cancel the prize as necessary
- This prize cannot be exchanged for cash or credit
- The date range on offer for your four nights is between 18th September - 1st October