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A Bavarian battle! The popular Oktoberfest celebration sees two events vying for your attention this week. Roz Laws compares what's on offer...

AUTUMN is here which means one word to us - Oktoberfest - and revellers have the choice of two events this week.

The Bavarian festival of beer, oompah bands and Bratwurst has been taking place in the city of Munich since 1810 and is a true celebration of all things German.

Now it's celebrated all over the world and our city is currently being turned into a mini-Munich with German food, drink and music.

The more established and bigger event takes place at Cannon Hill Park while those who say good things come in small packages will head for Digbeth Oktoberfest in the beer garden of The Old Crown pub, which has been running for the past two weekends.

The Cannon Hill Park event has been part of the Brum calendar for three years.

A giant tent to accommodate up to 2,500 people will be erected in the park and there's live music, DJs and even a Lederhosen and Dirndl shop to buy or rent an authentic outfit.

Oktoberfest waitresses and waiters will be dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen serving giant beers called Bavaria festbeers which are specially brewed for the Birmingham Oktoberfest.

Tickets for the five-day event, which runs until Sunday, cost between PS34 and PS44 and include snacks, seat reservation, two 1.5 pints of German beer or one bottle red/white wine (+PS3), German Schnitzel with Bavarian fries and a dessert surprise.

Meanwhile, The Old Crown's beer garden has traditional bench seating for up to 300 guests.

Its six Oktoberfest events over three weekends includes tomorrow and Saturday, which have been added in to cope with demand.

Expect huge steins, Bavarian lager, German games, authentic German food, live entertainment and lots of music.

A Bavarian street food shack will be serving up bratwurst dogs, Currywurst and veggie dogs all with the option of pommes and sauerkraut and dessert will be on offer from The Bournville Waffle Company.

There will be DJs and live bands, plus a photo booth.

Tickets cost between PS10 and PS20 depending on when you book and are exchanged on the night for a stein for the evening. Inside each stein you will find your complementary drink voucher for a full stein.

If you aren't a beer drinker this can be exchanged for a drink of your choosing.

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Date:Oct 13, 2016
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