York is set to enjoy beer, bratwurst and all things Bavarian when a brand-new event – Yorktoberfest – comes to York Racecourse this October.
Yorktoberfest will follow the traditions of the first Oktoberfest staged in Munich in 1810 where the citizens were encouraged to eat, drink and be merry at the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and his princess bride. So much fun was had that an annual tradition was born…
Now the residents of York and beyond will be invited to eat, drink and be merry-go-round at the Clocktower Enclosure on the Knavesmire from 28th – 31st October, where a giant Bavarian-styled beer tent and traditional funfair will set a festive scene.
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Inside the marquee, authentic German beer and a range of German-inspired food will be served at an array of tables and benches, while York’s own Oompah Brass Band will add to the hearty fun with their thigh-slapping, foot-stomping, feel-good music. Dancing is encouraged, as it has been for over 200 years, as is the wearing of Lederhosen, Dirndls or any other fancy dress, with nightly competitions and prizes for the best dressed.
The Bavarian Bar will also serve a range of wines, prosecco, spirits and soft drinks for those who prefer not to ‘hop’! A variety of food stalls will cater for all tastes, with the essential favourites of sausages, schnitzels and pretzels as well as vegan and vegetarian options.
Funfairs are an integral part of German Oktoberfests and Yorktoberfest will have its very own traditional funfair with Dodgems, Twister, Speedway and Chair-o-Plane delivering thrills (but no spills, as steins are not invited!).
Yorktoberfest will have a limited capacity, with specific opening times: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October from 7pm until 11pm, two sittings on Saturday 30th October from 1pm until 5pm and from 7pm until 11pm, and one sitting on Sunday 31st October from 1pm until 5pm.
Tickets for Yorktoberfest are already on sale priced at £15 per person for unreserved seating, a reserved table of six for £90 (equivalent to £15 per person), and a VIP table of six for £135 (equivalent to £22.50 per person) which will be situated closest to the stage and have table service. An Early Beer(d) offer of £5 off per person is available on all ticket categories until 31st July. Tickets will also be available at the entrance, subject to availability.
Yorktoberfest is produced by CMJ Events Ltd, a joint venture between two York-based, family-owned companies, Coopers Marquees Ltd and Jamboree Entertainment Ltd. CMJ Events are also bringing the York Spring Fair & Food Festival to the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse from 28th May – 6th June, as well as Sounds in the Grounds concerts (Beyond the Barricade, ABBA MANIA and A Country Night in Nashville) from 25th – 27th June, also at the Clocktower Enclosure.
The team at Jamboree Entertainment brings 25 years of experience in producing live entertainment worldwide, and closer to home produces the award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland ice rink and funfair, Sounds in the Grounds concerts at five venues around England and The Great Ryedale Maze at Sherburn. Coopers Marquees was established in the 1990s and is now the 10th largest marquee company in the UK. It enjoys a national reputation for excellence, supplying a range of structures to events large and small.
Co-producer Johnny Cooper, CEO of Coopers Marquees said “We are looking forward to seeing one of our biggest marquees at 160m long, installed on the Knavesmire and themed with all things Bavarian including a stage, bespoke thatched wooden barns, flags galore and generally everything needed for a great night out.”
Co-producer James Cundall, CEO of Jamboree Entertainment said “We are determined to bring events to York that people can enjoy after the long months of Covid restrictions. Yorktoberfest promises to be an evening of jollity, with beer, bands, and bratwurst! Dust off the fancy dress outfits and come along!”
Yorktoberfest will conform to all prevailing Government guidelines regarding Covid-19.
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