Oktoberfest in Chelmsford

Oktoberfest Chelmsford

It’s not often I find many exciting things to do in Essex, but it turns out something very exciting was coming to Chelmsford for the weekend!

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, held annually in Munich, Germany, with millions of people traveling to enjoy time at the 16-18 day festival.

Oktoberfest Essex ran from Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th October, with afternoon and evening slots available to book. James booked tickets for the Saturday afternoon slot, as I thought it would be less rowdy and slightly more chilled out than the evening ones! The standing tickets cost £15 each which I found a little steep, considering that price is just for entering the festival, but it’s not often that something cool comes to Chelmsford!

Once we swapped our tickets for wristbands, we headed into the festival.

There were dozens of eateries and bars scattered around outside the tent, so we headed to a traditional German food stand to try a bratwurst to try our first taste of Germany.

Oktoberfest foodOktoberfest food standsOktoberfest bratwurst

The stand served up freshly cooked bratwurst, krakaur, currywurst and cheesewurst. James ordered a plain Bratwurst (£7) and added ketchup, and I ordered a Bratwurst with sauerkraut (£7) and added ketchup. As sausages go, this was a tasty one, and not too fatty either. The sauerkraut was a lovely pickled-crunchy addition too. Even though the bread was a little on the dry side, it kick started our German beer experience perfectly!

We headed into the bier tent for some drinking, dancing and Bavarian fun.

The tent was packed FULL with people, and I mean super packed full.

Oktoberfest Chelmsford

It was such an exciting atmosphere, with a live band playing Oompop deep brassy music, and there were people dancing and singing on the tables.

We headed to the bar to grab a drink, and were a little stunned at just how expensive it was.

The bar served fruit ciders and beers in 2 pint servings, either in a plastic throw away cup (£11) or in a traditional stein (£15). They seemed a little steep in price, (especially as we weren’t in London!) but I forked out more to get the traditional stein and enjoyed a delicious apple cider. James’s fruit cider was delicious, crisp and sweet too, and we soon found ourselves singing and tapping along to instrumental classics played by the live band, including Mr Brightside and Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Oktoberfest beerOktoberfest Hannatalks

For a couple of hours, we definitely felt as if we were transported into a traditional beer festival! I had a great time and enjoyed getting in the spirit of it all. Oktoberfest Essex was a success in its first year, which is why they’ve already opened a sign up form to nab yourself some tickets for the 2018 Oktoberfest!

I *think* it may be happening in locations around the country, so I would definitely recommend a trip there if it happens to be nearby!



  1. October 12, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Wow, those prices are so high. It sounds like a great event though. 🙂

    • hannah
      October 20, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      They were rather steep considering it was in Essex… but it was still great fun!

  2. October 14, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Whilst it’s quite pricey – it’s more affordable than actually going to Munich! I’ve always wanted to go to Oktoberfest, maybe I’ll have to get involved next year! xx

    • hannah
      October 20, 2017 / 10:49 pm

      Ahh you’re probably right there!! There’s loads happening around the country – I hope you manage to catch one! 🙂

  3. October 15, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    This looks right up my street, I frickin’ love bratwurst and any German sausage in all honesty but I think the drink prices are a little steep! I get that they are 2 pint glasses but £11 for a fruit cider just seems too much! It looked like you had a fab time anyway dear!!xx


    • hannah
      October 20, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      The hotdogs were super, super yummy! The prices were CRAZY expensive considering!!

  4. October 16, 2017 / 5:55 am

    Oktoberfest sounds like so much fun! I’ve been meaning to go to one for so many years but I never end up going. I’m glad you had a great time despite the spiked prices – I guess that’s what happens when you go to these events, unfortunately.

    cabin twenty-four

    • hannah
      October 20, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      It was great fun! 🙂 I hope you manage to find one nearby!

  5. October 17, 2017 / 1:17 am

    This sounds like so much fun! I LOVE German food and beer. You should put that stein in the freezer and get it nice and frosty and then pour a beer (or cider) into it 🙂


    • hannah
      October 20, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Ooooh now that is SUCH a good idea!!

  6. October 20, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Your pictures make me absolutely want to stop being a vegetarian! 😂

    • hannah
      October 20, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Haha, apologies!! 😉

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