PREVIEW; Oktoberfest Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
IT'S time to dust off your Trenker hats and lederhosen as Oktoberfest has arrived at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.
The four-day Bavarian beer and food festival, which opened last night, is held every autumn and entry is free.
Organisers are promising a celebration of all things German and a party packed with pretzels, dirndls and schnitzels and Oktoberfest beer, German schlager, and some traditional Bavarian hospitality.
Whatever your beery preference - whether its schwarzbiers from Saxony, kolschs from Cologne or Bavarian weissbiers - there will be plenty of the finest German beers on offer all weekend.
If you like golden beers, try tasting the Lowenbrau Oktoberfestbier. At 6.1% this German beer has waves of flavour, beginning with a mellow malt, moving into caramel and herbs. For people who prefer wheat beers, the Paulaner Hefe Hell is sweet, creamy with a honey-like taste and the wonderful smell of fruit. The 5.5% malt is perfectly balanced with the hops.
For dark beers, we recommend you try Bamberg's speciality, the Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen. At 5.1% this dark, bottom-fermented smoky beer has a firm palate with lots of big flavours of smoke, salt, and bacon. And if you need something to line your stomach after drinking all of that beer, the festival also features a mouth-watering menu of Oktoberfest food which will be serving up all things German, including bratwurst hotdogs, currywurst in Alex Gooch sourdough buns, vegan hotdogs in ciabatta style buns and Chapter's signature beef burger in pretzel buns.
Oktoberfest is at Chapter Arts |Centre until Saturday, October 17. Call 029 2030 4400.