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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Oktoberfest in August

It's confusing enough having the Oktoberfest in September, but Berlin - being the innovative, forward-looking powerhouse of cool that it is, is having one beginning on the last day of August. That's right, today. Beginning at 6pm outsite the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall) with the cermonial spiking of a 100 litre cask of beer. For those not willing to brave the Berlin summer weather, there's a tent with a 2,500 capacity. Experts predict the presence of large amounts of pretzels and white sausages as well as copious volumes of wheat beer. Lederhosen are not compulsory. The fun lasts for an entire week - get it while you can.

Top Tip: Bavarian beer is available from any decent Berlin Supermarket - you can hold an Oktoberfest in the privacy of your own home at any time of the year.

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