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Prost!

Oktoberfest in Hull

When you combine beer, music, bratwurst and mud, great things are bound to happen… On Saturday, two of my friends and I dressed up like Bavarian girls and made a day of Oktoberfest in Hull!

Do we make convincing German girls? #oktoberfest

This was the first time that I’ve ever been to anything like this, and it was a first for Hull as well. The doors opened at 2 pm. We arrived at around 2:30 and there still weren’t many people there. We took advantage of this opportunity to snap a few photos of us in our outfits before our makeup and dignities went out the window. Or in this case, a massive circus-like tent.

Girls in Dirndls

The outfits we are wearing are called “Dirndl“. It’s a traditional type of dress worn in Austria, South Tyrol and Bavaria. Most basically, it consists a blouse, bodice, skirt and apron, and were worn originally by the peasant class. It’s still quite popular to wear them at the real Oktoberfest, in Munich.

Bratwurst and Stein

Our tickets included admission, a Stein (or a large glass containing 2 pint of  Oktoberfest beer), a bratwurst and chips. and a German digestive shot.

German Digestive and Stein

The food was alright (not the best brat I’ve ever had) but I really enjoyed the beer. After a few steins, the entire tent was dancing on their respective tables.

Prost!

Every 20 minutes or so, the band played German drinking songs. One of the ones I learned was “Ein Prost”. The lyrics are below:

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.
OANS! ZWOA! DREI! G’SUFFA!

Guide to pronouncing the words

Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet
Dare gay-moot-lich-kite
Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet
Dare gay-moot-lich-kite!

OWNS! ZWO! DRY! GE-SUFA!

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‘Prost’ or ‘Prosit’ is a toast to someones health. I’m not sure there was anything healthy about that night, but there was such a good atmosphere. I had so much fun. Usually it doesn’t take much for me to start dancing and especially not after a Stein and some Bratwurst. Towards the end of the night, the ground just became a muddy dance floor and the band was playing pop covers. All of us were singing along, dancing and really letting loose. We were covered in mud and beer but the mood was contagious throughout.

Hull Oktoberfest 2016

Can’t wait for next year’s! Who knows, maybe I’ll even venture to the real Oktoberfest in Munich!

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