I made it a point to attend the Oktoberfest this year. This is the sixth year that it is being held in Pune and I kept missing it for one reason or the other. It was a three day affair, held at the race course and conducted by the Indo-German Chambers of Commerce.
Having a ring side view of the horse race was an added privilege as that was a part of the Oktoberfest. (more on the horse race in the next post)
In fact horse races in the presence of the Royal family (in 1810) marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent years gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest. A painting of the horse race held in 1813.
Coming back to Pune, the German band Die Sulmtaler was in attendance and I must say that they did a good job of keeping the crowd entertained.
Matthias was liberal with his smatter of Hindi “Maja aa raha hai?”
Many had turned up in the Dirndls.
Almost all hit the dance floor (or swayed with the music)
The kids too had a gala time
There were photo opportunities for many
Some liked to be clicked
but I found that the candid ones were better and had a natural appeal
The second day being a Saturday, the dance floor was jam packed, so many decided to make do with the table top
A special mention should be made about the beer and the German food.
and the sale of the food coupons was brisk
Had the opportunity to witness the "tapping" of the beer keg. (and drank some beer directly from the keg)
The only thing that I found out of place were the plastic glasses.
I mean when you think of beer you always associate it with beer bottles or beer mugs
Have compiled some videos with more photographs.
Noticed that these videos were also uploaded at the PuneOktoberfest FB site.