Oktoberfest at the Frog & Onion Pub in Bermuda
Bermudians like to drink…who knew? I suppose it has something to do with our British heritage that libations are so customary here. But it has a way of uniting people, and whether we’re sippin’ on swizzle at the inn, boozing on a cruise ‘round the harbour, or playing beer pong at the corner pub – one could argue that alcohol is the emulsifying agent in this wonderful mixing pot of cultures we call home. The local traditions reflect our Anglo, Portuguese and Afro-Caribbean influences, and with a growing community of European and Canadian expats, it’s really no surprise that the island’s most authentic annual beer festival has grown so popular in just four years. Held in Dockyard’s historic Victualling Yard, this year’s Oktoberfest will run from Thursday, September the 29th until Sunday, October 2nd, and is really worth checking out whether you’re local or just visiting the island.
Should you choose to attend, you will experience a truly unique side of Bermuda. You might even feel ‘lost in the triangle’ as festival-goers wearing dirndl, lederhosen and alpine – feathered hats dance the polka amidst miniature palm trees and pink sunsets. But our take on the world’s biggest fair still maintains all the requisites of a proper Deutsches Volksfest, albeit hosted on this sub-tropical island thousands of miles away from Germany. Sponsored by both Burrows & Lightbourne, a local wine and spirits merchant, and the Frog and Onion Pub, a popular Dockyard restaurant home to Bermuda’s only brewery, the festival will offer some fantastic local beers to be enjoyed by the ‘Stein’, as well as traditional German specialties made by Küchenchef Derek Myers, the Frog and Onion’s head chef. Derek is of German origin and will prepare “the comfort food he grew up on” of roast spring chicken, spatzle, bratwurst, sauerkraut, soft-salty pretzels and of course, apple strudel.
But good food and copious amounts of beer aren’t the only highlights of this festival. Headlining each evening is one of the world’s most outstanding beer hall bands, Oompah Brass, who are, in the words of Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Host, “the Legends in Lederhosen – they rock so good!” The group formed with the intention of becoming a traditional German Oompah band but quickly found their niche by reworking pop-tunes – such as Guns n Roses ‘Paradise City’, Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – into bavarian-style arrangements, today they are the world’s leading exponents of ‘Oom-Pop’ and have performed at several iconic venues across Europe, including the new Olympic Stadium in London. Other entertainment will be provided by Bermuda’s own Mike Hind (aka Uncle Elvis) who will imbue the ‘island vibes’ with his famous ukelele. There will also be lots of fun drinking games, toasts, and dances to join in at regular intervals throughout each night of this epic celebratory weekend. This year will also see the first family-friendly day on Sunday, October 2nd, when the events will start and end earlier- again with lots of games and activities (of the sober kind) to keep kids entertained.
For those who want the whole package there are a number of dining options available at very reasonable prices. Plan your weekend ahead of time by reserving a trestle table (seats up to ten people) near the stage and prepare to have an experience you surely will never forget. Tickets are bookable via www.ptix.bm, and for more information contact the Frog and Onion at 441 234 2900.
CORPORATE NIGHT – Thursday, 6pm until.
Receive a special rate on tables, available to anyone in the corporate industry.
441 278 1500
SEPT 30, Oct 1
FEST NIGHTS – Friday & Saturday, 6pm until.
The best nights to party hard with transportation made easy. Catch the ferry to Dockyard then take the shuttle back to town at the end of the night. Prebook through
FAMILY DAY – Sunday, 3pm to 9pm
Kids can come too! The last day of the festival will have lots of games and entertaintment for children, such as face painitng, ball/ring toss, and more.