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Prost! Oktoberfest is here; IT'S TIME TO RAISE A STEIN AND MUNCH A BRATWURST, WRITES BARBARA HODGSON.

GET ready to don the lederhosen and raise a stein or two as Oktoberfest prepares to bring a little oompah to Newcastle.

Times Square is being transformed into a traditional-style German beer festival from Thursday to Sunday when more than 6,000 revellers are expected to enter into the spirit of the occasion over the fourday run.

And they will be served German beer in those famous stein glasses against a backdrop of live music from an oompah band.

A 1,800-seater party tent - decorated in blue and white - will take up the bulk of space in Times Square for the festival which is all set to make a big impact in the city following the success of a previous bierfest - the second of its kind - in the summer.

With the German tradition proving such a hit, organisers are going all-out to ensure that Geordies can fully experience the country's cuisine and culture.

Staff will be dressed to impress in Bavarian costume, with men in lederhosen - the traditional short leather 'breeches' - and women in peasant dresses known as dirndl.

And they will serve up a menu which will include a specially-brewed beer - fresh from the Bavaria Festbeer Brewery - and schlumberger sparkling wine alongside snacks such as bratwurst sausage, schnitzel - deep-fried breaded pork cutlet - and brezel which is a type of bread pretzel which goes well with ale.

And there will be certainly plenty of that as a huge tanker containing 23,000 litres of beer will be unloading in Newcastle to ensure glasses are kept full throughout the festival.

The sight of festival-goers dancing on benches and singing along to the music is a trademark of a German beer festival and this one will be no different. Benches will accompany the long tables which will fill the tent and which can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival will open from 5pm and run until midnight on the Thursday when entry will be free and a special PS3.50 offer will include a hefty stein - pint and a half size - for students on proof of ID.

Admission then will cost PS5 on Friday, which will have the same opening hours, and for the first of two sessions on Saturday.

This afternoon slot on Saturday will run from noon until 5pm then the entry cost for the evening - 6pm until midnight - will be PS6. Sunday's session, which will last from 12.30pm until 7.30pm, will be free.

Tickets will be available each day for the tables with prices ranging from PS9.50 to PS288 to reserve a table of eight. There are also VIP and corporate packages on offer.

Festival-goers who are keen to look the part will be able to buy - or hire - Bavarian costume as well as a range of German gifts.

And the Saturday night is set to be prove even more of a spectacle, with a Halloween theme adding extra costume options to the mix.

Other treats on the menu during the festival will include hendl (chicken) and schweinebraten - a German-style roast pork - as well as a vegetarian option. Wine and cider will be available too.

For more information visit newcastle-oktoberfest.co.uk

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2017
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