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The kingdom's Germanophiles are getting ready to don their lederhosen and enjoy the best of Bavarian culture as the annual Oktoberfest rolls into town.

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa is hosting two evenings of fun and festivities tomorrow and Friday, with the interior converted into a giant tent decorated with full Oktoberfest tradition.

The European nation's famous food and beverages will be served, and original live Bavarian band Lasterbacher Musikanten, a highly sought-after outfit on the festival circuit, will be flown in especially from Germany to add an authentic air to proceedings.

They will also play every evening at Sherlock Holmes from Sunday until October 20 to add a little more 'oompah' to the celebrations.

Preparations are already underway, according to general manager Rahim Abu Omar. He said: "This event promises all the authentic elements, from the decor to the traditional outfits, and the Oktoberfest buffet which will include proper German sausages, better known as wursts, specialty sauerkraut and lots of hearty roast potatoes!"

A typical gent's outfit at Oktoberfest will have a button-up shirt (either white or checkered), leather Lederhosen shorts with suspenders, an Alpine hat, and sturdy Bavarian shoes.

The traditional Bavarian dress for women is called Dirndl and that's what many want to wear on the nights. According to GulfWeekly's fashion writer, Mai Al Khatib-Camille, it's not only very cute but is also cut in a way to present the womanly assets in the perfect way with hair worn in pigtails, or in a French plait with braids.

Oktoberfest is a 16-to-18-day folk festival running in Munich, Bavaria, from mid or late September and ending on the first Sunday in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year.

The first festival was held on October 12, 1810, to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I. His marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen was marked throughout Bavaria. On October 17, five days after the marriage, a large feast was held in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the gates leading to Munich.

In 1811 an agricultural fair was added and by 1818 beverages flowed and hearty music was played to add to the party spirit.

The Gulf Hotel's food and beverage manager Sunuj Deen is excited for the festival to get underway after weeks of planning and preparation. He explained: "Oktoberfest has been running at the Gulf Hotel for more than 10 years, and it continues to grow in popularity every year. It has a unique atmosphere and environment and the German expatriates, as well as other Europeans and many locals, love to enjoy themselves.

"We want people to experience a true taste of the nation, and no one does that better than us! We have all of our ingredients imported specifically from Germany before the dishes are prepared here by our team. The traditional food can be accompanied by authentic beverages, of course."

Tickets, which include entry and unlimited visits to the buffet, are priced at BD26++ per person. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the show starting at 8pm. For more information, or to buy tickets, call The Gulf Hotel Convention & Spa on 17713000.

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Date:Oct 15, 2017
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