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Lanzarote Raises A Glass For Oktoberfest

If you´re a big fan of Bavarian beer and a lover of lederhosen then Lanzarote is playing host to the ideal event for you this weekend, as the annual Oktoberfest celebrations get underway in the Plaza de los Naciones in Los Pocillos, home to one of the largest beaches in Lanzarote, from this Friday.

Oktoberfest Celebrations, Munich

Prost...Toast Oktoberfest on Lanzarote

As any serious beer buff will know Germany boasts a very proud brewing heritage and tradition, which is rooted in the Reinheitsgebot or Bavarian Beer Purity Laws that were drafted and passed as long ago as 1516.  These laws stipulated that beer could only be made and sold as such if it contained solely water, barley and hops.  The law wasn’t just created to preserve the integrity of Bavaria´s favourite brews though, as this was also an attempt to ensure that brewers and bakers weren’t competing for wheat and rye, as this would have forced up the price for these other grains.

Either way the Bavarian Purity Law created the foundation for the German brewing style that was eventually to become copied the world over and which is now celebrated annually at Oktoberfest.   The first Oktoberfest took place in Munich in 1810 and was originally staged to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.  And proved such a hit that from 1819 onwards the residents declared their intention to hold an Oktoberfest each and every year.

Since then Oktoberfest has conquered the world and events take place in many countries. Lanzarote, with its sizeable German expat population is no exception, but the event here on the island is also very multicultural and open to all. 

This will be the third year that the Oktoberfest has been celebrated on Lanzarote and visitors will be able to enjoy a whole raft of stalls and activities – as well as the all important business of downing large amounts of lager. 

Musical accompaniment is provided by leading local musicians such as Black Sheep and The Mick James Band and the event runs from 2pm on Friday the 19th of October through to Sunday night.  There´s no admission charges either, so head along to the Plaza de los Naciones – just outside Puerto del Carmen - and enjoy a true taste of Bavaria.

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