Download the duolingo and brush off the traditional Bavarian dress because it is that time of year again: Oktoberfest is coming to St Andrews. Save another snow storm (last year’s event was cancelled due to the so-called “Beast from the East”) this year’s St Andrews Charity Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday 9 March.
I sat down with Hendrick Walter and Florian Gemmingen, both of whom have been committee members for several years, to discuss the 2019 edition of Oktoberfest, which donates, as it always has, to Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL).
While the Oktoberfest at St Andrews will serve the classic assortments of German beer (with a new, more local addition this year), the goal is not to mimic Munich’s famous festival.
“It’s really more about trying to emulate a traditional beer festival rather than Oktoberfest itself,” Hendrick said.
Oktoberfest is interesting in that the available tickets are split between internationals and current St Andrews students. There are about 80 tables (holding 10 people) allotted by raffle to students. These are highly sought after, with a few hundred people entering this years raffle.
“I think people like it because its equal, there’s no VIP and at £49 it is cheaper than some other charity events,” Florian explained.
Of course, with popular St Andrews events comes the perennial conundrum of upselling tickets. The official stance of the committee, or das komitee if we’re getting into the spirit of things (we are), is no upselling of tickets. If you do happen to be planning on upselling, maybe think of donating that extra profit to charity.
This year the event will take place at Craigtoun Park instead of the typical Kinkell Byre venue. So shake out the lederhosen and the dirndls for one of St Andrews most anticipated events!