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Oxford goes Oktoberfest 2016

Like every year, the Oxford Alumni Society in Munich gathered in late September for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations. While it is called `Oktoberfest’, the Bavarian beer festival actually kicks off in September already, to make use of more favourable Indian Summer conditions. And the weather was welcoming indeed: With a rainy kick-off in the Oktoberfest’s first days, as soon as the Oxford Society joined the celebrations, sunny conditions prevailed.

As a special feature this year, we welcomed a couple of freshers from in and around Munich, who were about to begin their undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Oxford. This typically Bavarian send-off event was done together with the Oxford German Society, a cooperation that for sure is there to stay, especially given that the freshers showed absolutely no lack of enthusiasm, dancing and singing skills compared to the more experienced Oktoberfest-goers and Oxford alumni.

The later the evening, the livelier the mood, and very soon there were more people standing than sitting on the beer benches, chanting their favourite songs about swimming giraffes and 99 red balloons. At the end, some even made it to the fun rides, but even while sitting in the rollercoaster, one could still hear the unique Oktoberfest-singing sounds from each of the beer tents.

Traditional Weißwurstfrühstück 2016

 

The Oxford Society in Munich kicked off the new year 2016 with the traditional Weißwurstfrühstück (“white sausage breakfast”). The Weißwurst is a famous Bavarian dish, served always before noon, so we convened with 60 alumni in the morning of Jan 30th, looking forward to a delicious Bavarian brunch.
The Weißwurstfrühstück took place  at the newly refurbished Donisl right in the centre of Munich at Marienplatz, with a view on to the new town hall. The Donisl is one of the oldest beer halls in Munich,  with its history going back as far as 1315. It just reopened after two years of refurbishment, and we were the first group to enjoy a Weißwurstfrühstück in its largest dining room, the “Marienplatz”. A uniquely Bavarian-Oxford style fusion setting, with long tables just like in college halls, it provided for a great feast with plenty of Weißwurst, Brezn, and wheat beer.
After three hours of eating, drinking and mingling, we finished and walked into the winter sun, looking forward to what else 2016 will bring for us.

Oxford Goes Oktoberfest 2015

“O zapft is” – every year Munich’s Mayor opens the Oktoberfest with this
traditional cry. This is also the starting sign for 2 weeks of Bavarian
joy and craziness, with the Oxford Alumni Society right in the middle. A
great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new alumni.
Oxonians today ranged from those who went to Oxford in the 1970s, to
those who will yet have to start their Freshers week.

As is tradition, the Oxford Alumni Society celebrated in the
Armbrustschützenzelt (lit. crossbowmen’s tent), which boasts a 120-year
history and hosts the German crossbow championships. After a chilly
start in the afternoon with outside temperatures around 12°C, the
atmosphere inside the beer tent quickly got everyone in a livelier mood.
With the Bavarian brass band playing, people simply could not help but
jump up and danced on the benches to the German Schlager classics. And
the whole beer tent joined in…

Beer, Food and the unique Oktoberfest mood kept flowing until late in
the evening, until our tent closed at 10.30pm. The cold weather outside
reminded us that autumn was nearing, but everyone kept the memories of a
great evening to warm us from the inside.