The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR)
Authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest
in Northern Cyprus
By Ralph Kratzer
The original Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year.
It was first held on 12th October 1810 on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, with Princess Therese of Saxonia-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s meadow”) in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the“Wiesn”.
Over the past 204 years, the Oktoberfest was cancelled only 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war.
Other cities across the world also holdOktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. View the Top 10 Oktoberfests worldwide bei clicking here!
Thanks to the club The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR) now also North Cyprus has its own Oktoberfest.
Members of the association and the TFR committee neither spared expenses nor effort to organize a unique event, which was accepted by more than 150 participants.
The large garden of the Acmenya Restaurant in Alsancak was lovingly decorated with original material from Bavaria, several barrels of real Munich beer from the world-famous Hofbräuhaus had been attained (I will not tell how !!!) and Sonja and Latifa, owners of The Food Lodge Bakery and Bistro, Catalköy, had prepared Bavarian food specialities to care for the physical welfare of the large number of participants.
Some guests took the oppotunity to appear in more or less authentic Bavarian outfits. I saw guests from different countries of origin, such as United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, North Cyprus, Belarus and of course Germany. Even some Bavarians were present, I´ve heard!
All participants of the beerfest were in a good mood, there were lively conversations at every table, the Hofbräuhaus beer obviously tasted very well, because in the end, none of the barrels should have been left over and the last guests, who didn´t want to go home until after midnight, had to change back to local Efes beer. But this tastes also quite well as we all know!
After dinner the party went on being lively, there was lots of laughing and dancing.
All in all, a truly successful evening, the organizers were rightly very proud at the end. The Oktoberfest was, in this manner, the first ever in North Cyprus as far as I know.
For a few guests there was not enough original Bavarian folk music played, but I can assure them that even at the real Oktoberfest in Munich, one can not hear only this kind of music any longer!
A big thanks to the TFR, the organizers and all the helpers, and until next Oktoberfest!