How to celebrate Oktoberfest in Falmouth
Oktoberfest is awesome. Any festival that gives you an excuse to celebrate good beer and good food without having to worry about quantity is a wonderful thing in my book. So, although we are a long way away from Munich in the little old seaside resort of Falmouth, this is how to give our German cousins a run for their money.
Go on a pub crawl
This may sound obvious, but the whole point of Oktoberfest is to drink beer, and not just any old cheap rubbish either. This month try some of the more traditional pubs in Falmouth, not just the student havens like Spoons or Mono, but the places the locals are more likely to go. The Irish pub Finn's would be a solid place to start as it always has a festival-like atmosphere with lots of live music and crucially it is where you will get a decent pint.
Then head along to Beerwolf, a much less traditional pub in that it also is a bookstore; they also serve some local produce, and it's a great chance to try a beer you've not had before. Plus, the tavern-like design is ideal for recreating the traditional drinking environment.
Lastly, go for a drink in the Chain Locker, which is again somewhere that will have beers you may not have had before on draft (and please stick to draft, this is Oktoberfest, don't drink from a bottle!). It offers beautiful views of the harbour so is the ideal place to end a boozy day where you can relax and let the beery haze wash over you.
#Go to the Meat Counter
I must admit I struggled with finding the food key to Oktoberfest as I'm not aware of anywhere in Fal that serves traditional German food, though there are a couple of delicatessens that are worth checking out if you're feeling brave enough to cook it yourself! Go to the Meat Counter, a reasonably priced and fun place to eat. Crucially, as this is for Oktoberfest, you have to be ordering a sausage, not German as far as I know, unfortunately, but delicious all the same.
They provide a variety of different hot dogs made with quality meat with all kinds of toppings, and that is the closest thing I could find to how a Bratwurst would be served over in Germany. It's a cop-out perhaps, but I know personally I would rather enjoy my food than try something I may regret. Does anyone really like Sauerkraut?
Recreate the atmosphere by going to the market
A crucial ingredient of Oktoberfest is the unforgettable atmosphere. Traditionally, it's held in a series of tents and stalls, and the closest thing we have to this in Falmouth is the market on Saturdays, located on the moor in front of the library. There are always interesting stalls there, with foods from all over the place, so I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult to get something authentically German.
Regardless, it's a great place to go and try things. The vendors are always friendly and willing to allow you to try their products, and although it is on a much smaller scale, it is similar to what occurs in Munich.
Go to the Rugby Club fayre
For rides and attractions, another element of the Oktoberfest festivities, keep an eye out for the fayre that takes place at Falmouth Rugby Club at various points throughout the year. It's always busy and always a laugh, so try and win yourself a prize or scare yourself on those cool-looking but ever so rusty rollercoasters.
Make the most out of your October, because despite the differences between Munich and little old Falmouth, that's what Oktoberfest is all about. Stick on your Lederhosen and get on the beers!
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