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Munich comes to Coventry.

Byline: JAMES RODGER

ALWAYS fancied going to Oktoberfest? Well, thanks to a new venture in Coventry, you no longer have to travel to Germany to sample it.

For five days, the city centre's Broadgate square will be transformed into a celebration of all things Bavarian.

A huge tent with room for around 1,750 people will be erected, with beer-inspired madness set to descend.

Here's our guide to help you navigate your way around the hop-soaked extravaganza from August 26-30.

When is Oktoberfest open? The drinking festival will be open 4pm until 11pm on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On the Saturday, doors will open at noon, shutting again at 11pm. The final day, Sunday, runs from 1pm until 9pm.

What can I expect? Well, Oktoberfest is famous for one thing above all else: beer. They'll be so much that it'll be "just like Munich", according to event organisers. The tent will be decorated with blue and white colours (are they Coventry City fans, by any chance?) and waitresses and waiters will be dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndl. The tent will be filled to the brim with long tables. You can expect gigantic casks and a German lager which is five per cent. The Bavaria beer is only brewed for this event and is brought directly from Germany in a beer tank so it's ready to be indulged.

Can I reserve a seat? You sure can! Their food and beer offerings range from PS34 to PS39 person. The ticket price includes snacks, a seat reservation, pints of German beer or one bottle of red or white wine, German Schnitzel with Bavarian fries and a special dessert surprise made specifically for Oktoberfest. Yum.

I'm excited and I want to channel my inner Bavarian!

Fortunately, you can do! If you want to be a genuine Bavarian for the evening, the event has original lederhosen and dirndl for rent for PS29. The former comes in sizes 30 to 44 inches and the latter is in sizes ranging from eight to 22.

Is it just beer and food on the cards, then? No! There will be plenty of singing and dancing. Oktoberfest is renowned for its great atmosphere and with everybody suitably merry, you won't be looked down upon for climbing the tables and having a sing song with the Bavarian bands flown in from Germany. A DJ will play in between, too, with famous Schlager songs that you are bound to enjoy.

Is it free entry? It is free every day except the Saturday when revellers will be charged PS5. There is a cloakroom on site, too, but that will cost you PS1. It must be an 18+ event, surely? Interestingly not. The Sunday is aimed at families. There will be bratwurst-centred lunch options and the bands will be on hand to everyone dancing.

For more details click on www.coventry-oktoberfest.co.uk.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Aug 21, 2015
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