Why Portsmouth Oktoberfest is not returning this year - but what may happen in its place

Fears that German beer fans in Portsmouth would have to keep their lederhosen in the wardrobe this year have been eased – as despite one Oktoberfest event being shelved for 2019 another new one has been announced.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 4:14 pm
Updated Friday, 13th September 2019, 6:32 pm

The classic German bier festival in Portsmouth usually takes place in the last week of October but due to a packed schedule for the organisers, the festival will not be staged next month.

Co-organiser Andy Marsh said: ‘We are all quite busy with other things this year so we thought it would be good for Oktoberfest to take a year off and then we will come back strong in 2020.’

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Dusty Hare, left, and Ant Aarons at Oktoberfest on Castle Fields last year Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The festival was held for two years in Guildhall Square but last year moved to Castle Field in Southsea with more space, tables and steins for punters to enjoy.

Live Bavarian-style bands usually perform for the crowds with many in lederhosen.

But fear not, for organisers have plans for a craft beer festival to take the place of Oktoberfest this year so the city’s party goers will still have a chance to enjoy themselves.

To register interest for Oktoberfest Portsmouth 2020 visit oktoberfestportsmouth.co.uk/

Meanwhile, a new German beer festival has been announced. The inaugural Portsvaria Oktoberfest will be held at the Pyramids in Southsea next month with punters transported to Bavaria to enjoy a range of beers, bratwursts and live music.

Drinks on offer will include Riegeler Pils, WEST Hefeweizen, Fürstenberg Export and ABK Hell.

Oompah band The Bavarian Strollers will provide the soundtrack to the event which is on Saturday, October 12 and will be split into two sessions, from 12.30pm and 4.30pm and 7pm until 11pm.

Fancy dress is optional but encouraged and there will be a prize for the best dressed.

To get tickets for the Portsvaria Oktoberfest at the Pyramids call BH Live Tickets on 0300 500 0595, book online at bhlivetickets.co.uk or visit Portsmouth Pyramids.

Tickets are £10.50 and includes a free souvenir glass and a pint of ABK Hell or soft drink on arrival.

The event is strictly over-18s only and ID will be required.