EXCITEMENT is ramping up as a Bavarian-inspired celebration gears up for its stunning return to Portsmouth this month.
The world famous Oktoberfest party is making a comeback to the city – and it’s set to be even bigger than ever before.
The booze-fuelled bonanza is expected to pull in more than 10,000 of punters into its beer tent, which this year is being set up at Castle Field in Southsea.
It’s the third time the German-inspired festival will be taking place in the city, with promoters saying the move from its former base at Guildhall Square will allow for an unrivalled party, with more people, more booze and more music.
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And preparations to construct the cavernous beer tent – one of Europe’s largest – are expected to begin later this week ahead of the event’s opening day on Friday, October 26.
A whopping 30,000 steins of beer – equivalent to about two pints – were poured in 2017.
Bosses behind the festival hope to smash this as they continue their bid to make the event a truly ‘global spectacle’.
Oktoberfest co-organiser Andy Marsh, who is part of the team behind Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival, said: ‘This year is going to be absolutely fantastic.
‘The move to Castle Fields is going to be great. It means we can do it in a big top that will work really well.
‘We can have a big German hall atmosphere with steins and tables and singing.
‘We’re not so restricted on space so this year we’re going all out.’
Bavarian beer and entertainment will be in store so everyone can have a sing-along while wearing fancy dress.
But organisers added there will still be plenty of other booze on selection for those not into their beers, including cider, wines and Prosecco.
‘It’s a fantastic event,’ added Andy. ‘We all love it. It’s a really good fun.
‘You have just got to go to experience it. People get so into it. Everyone is dressed up in lederhosen and singing German songs.
‘The atmosphere is always electric.’
The festival made its debut in Portsmouth in 2016 in Europe’s largest single beer tent, covering Guildhall Square.
This year’s event is pencilled in for October 26 to 27, with a day session on the Friday and two on the Saturday.
Tickets are still available. For details, see www.oktoberfestportsmouth.co.uk