October is upon us already (how has this year passed by so quickly!?) and there’s so much to look forward to! Let’s get it started with the world’s largest volksfest which we can thank the Germans for: Oktoberfest! Held annually and started up in Bavaria, it’s an almost-3-weeks folk festival that involves donning on dirndl and lederhosen, sampling traditional favourites such as Brezen, Würstl and Käsespätzle and let’s not forget about the German hops! Take a look at some of the places and events here in Dubai where you can experience some Deutsch themed good times.
This well known German establishment will have a live band and traditional favourites featured with an a la carte menu on weekdays and buffet packages on Thursday and Friday. German guest chef J. Hellner from Hofbräuhaus Munich will be running the show from 23-29 October.
When: 29 September-28 October, 2016
AED 295 buffet with soft beverages
AED 395 buffet with house beverages
(A la carte menu on weekdays)
Location: JW Marriott Hotel Deira
Contact details: 04 6077 977
One of the longest running German restaurants here in Dubai, it is considered to be ‘a corner of Deutschland in the heart of Dubai’. Featuring traditional favourite dishes along with Oktoberfest specialties, enjoy Der Keller’s “All you can eat” offer this Oktoberfest.
When: 25 September-30 October, 2016
Timings: Tuesday-Thursday: 6pm-12am. Friday & Saturday 4pm-12am. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
AED 195 inclusive of “All you can eat” food menu
AED 250 paired with one litre of traditional beverage
Location: 1st floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Contact details: 04 432 3232
This newly opened bakeristo (bakery/bistro get it?) isn’t doing anything special this month. So why are they on this list? Well, they’re showcasing what they want to be known for, a fun little German restaurant where freshly baked German breads, hops and fave dishes are available. Every Tuesday is Stammtisch Dienstag where there’s a set menu with various dishes to try out along with drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) and a pretzel making competition. A must try even after the month of October.
When: every Tuesday
Price: AED 125
Location: Lobby level, Steigenberger Hotel, Al Abraaj Street, Business Bay
Contact details: 04 3690 000
Oktoberfest returns to Grand Hyatt Dubai and it’s celebrating its 10th Anniversary! They’ve got a tent up for the occasion with a great themed buffet as well.
Special Oktoberfest packages are also available on Sundays and Mondays as the festival tent is open for exclusive private group bookings.
(For more information on this or to make a booking, contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 317 2618.)
Note: Children are welcome at the Saturday brunch only.
When: 5-22 October, 2016
Timings: Saturday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 7pm-1am and until 2am on Thursday & Friday. 12:30pm-4pm for Saturday brunch buffet. Tent is closed on Sunday and Monday.
AED190 per person for buffet with soft beverages on opening night (5th October).
Saturday brunch buffet:
AED 215 per person including soft beverage
AED 299 per person inclusive of hops and house grape
JB’s Gastropub will be celebrating Oktoberfest with authentic German brews along with a set menu which includes sausage platters featuring fränkische bratwurst, käse griller wurst, schublig brat and currywurst.
When: 5-22 October, 2016
Timings: Saturday-Wednesday: 12pm-2am, Thursday & Friday: 12pm-3am.
Price: call for prices and reservations
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Experience authentic Bavarian food and drinks prepared by Executive Chef Stephan Kühlwetter and be entertained with the tunes of the Henndorfer Musikanten Band, while seated in an Oktoberfest set-up style.
Take a photo wearing your best Dirndl or Lenderhosen and you can win a Seawings Seaplane Flight for 2 people. You just need to upload your picture on Instagram and Tag @sheratonjumeirah and @seawingsdubai. Starwood Preferred Guests enjoy 20% off as well.
When: 12–22 October, 2016
Timings: Wednesday-Saturday: 7pm-12am, Oktoberfest Frühschoppen Brunch from 12:30pm-3:30pm on Friday.
Price: AED 205 per person including entrance fee and buffet only. Drinks can be ordered a la carte.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Experience an authentic celebration in the heart of new Dubai. The event will include a live band, special guest chefs, hops tasting classes, Friday brunch and a lot more over the span of 10 days.
When: 20-29 October, 2016
Timings: Monday-Wednesday: 5pm-1am, Thursday: 4pm-2am, Friday: 12pm-2am, Saturday: 12pm-1am.
Price: inquire on their website: oktoberfestdxb.com/contact-us/