“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.