6 November 2013

The Ally Pally German Bier Festival

Put on your leiderhosen, grab a sausage and sip on a cool pint of Oettinger: it's time to talk German Beer Festivals!

Last Saturday, Alexandra Palace was home to the UK's largest German beer festival which was being held alongside Back With a Bang - a huge firework extravaganza including a funfair, street food and ice skating.

Having been warned by organisers via email that they'd sold more tickets than people they could allow in, we decided to arrive promptly at 2pm to grab ourselves a table and avoid any of that one-in-one-out annoyance. Unfortunately, arriving on time didn't stop security from leaving us queuing in the blustering wind and pouring rain for fifteen minutes! But once we were through the doors we were able to find ourselves a base and get in our first round of drinks.

The atmosphere was amazing from the outset, even before it got mega busy later on in the afternoon. A fantastic playlist of rock n roll and Brit pop was blasted from the speakers in between the fantastic Oompah bands doing their stuff on the main stage. 

Only a drink or two in and people were doing the dance moves and singing along!

On hand to soak up the alcohol was a decent choice of street food; from sausages to sauerkraut, goulash to pizza.

Laura and I plumped for a Bratwurst sausage in a bun. 

Quite delicious it was too.

Having spent a fair amount of time mooching around the food areas (standard behaviour for Laura and I) we headed back over to my brother, sister-in-law and their friends to continue with the beer and merriment!

And continue it did. 

There was dancing on the tables early doors...

....over-frothed beers....

.....some very impressive photobombing.....

....and Jagermeister shots

As the fun ensued, the venue got so packed out that there was a good hour-long wait to get a drinks round in - let alone get into the festival from outside!

The poor Bavarian waitresses were rushed off their feet, having to queue themselves to fill their jugs with beer then proceed to be followed and pestered by revellers desperate for their next round.

What were we going to do??

Luckily, I had bought VIP tickets for the fireworks which meant that I had access to a quieter and thus atmosphere-lacking bar in another part of the building. I stocked us up and we were sorted!

At around 8pm, it was time to head outside to join the crowds for the fireworks.

Booming music accompanied the fantastic display.

It was an impressive show. 

Getting back into the venue with hundreds of others afterwards was less impressive but we got there eventually!

An Oasis tribute band, Noasis, took to the stage. 

I was (and still am) a huge fan of Oasis so I was very excited about this. 

We sang and danced till the festival came to a close.

I had one of the most fun days out I've had in quite some time. The entertainment and music were fantastic and despite the over-crowding, they managed to maintain the atmosphere from 2pm until dark which I thought was quite an impressive feat.

Perhaps I should start looking into Oktoberfest...

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  1. This looks fab! I'm impressed you got photographs of the fireworks - I tried soooo hard at the weekend but all my attempts were poor! xxx

    1. Thank you! I took so many firework photos, I just had to sift through all the bad, fuzzy ones! x

  2. Ah I went to this too, although we turned up at 6pm and had to queue for EVERYTHING we did. Personally they could have organised it much better, or not sold as many tickets as it was bit shambolic. But once the fireworks were over and we were able to get into the beer festival, it was much better. Noasis were superb and we had a blast. Plus I always enjoy fireworks! Next time we def have to take a lesson from you and get in early!

    Becky x

    1. Ah, I wish we'd known you were there :) It was total chaos later on, so pleased we got there early. I really don't know what the organisers were thinking of selling so many tickets. Actually, I do - money! Glad you enjoyed Noasis, I loved them! x

  3. Ahh looks like an amazing night!! I'm not much of a beer drinker but for this event, I would suck it up!!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

    1. Haha! It would be worth it! Although we were drinking proscecco towards the end - too much beer is just too much!

  4. Oktoberfest is amazing fun - you will love it if you loved this!!! x

  5. Well aren't I kicking myself right now. I had tickets for this but my friend dropped out and I couldn't find anyone to join me last minute - it looks like it was such fun.


  6. Yes yes yes October Fest! They have the German Christmas Market which is arriving in Leeds next week- there is no better place than that beer tent! Looks amazing... and don't even get me started on those hot dogs!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  7. Looks like so much fun! You look like you had the best time and boy does that hot dog look good


  8. Aww, I'm so gutted I didn't go to this! I totally forgot to get tickets, then they were sold out.

    Looks like you had such a fun time though.

    Hmm maybe...

    1. What a shame! Hopefully they'll do it again next year x

  9. This looks awesome - gotta love a good German sausage ;) hey, what are you up to this weekend? Ibbs is in London and we thought we should have a girlie high tea Sunday :)

    I'll tweet you now <3


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