Oktoberfest is already in full swing in Germany, but vegans in the UK will need to wait until next month to enjoy (meat-free) bratwurst and vegan steins.
The festival known as Vegtoberfest – which claims to be the UK’s first-ever vegan Oktoberfest – will return for its second round on 12 and 19 October at Fest in Camden.
There is plenty on the agenda. On the drinks side, you can enjoy Bavarian beers like Spaten and Lowenbrau or sample local vegan craft ales, as well as vegan vine, mulled wine (it’s a bit early, we know, but go with the flow) and cocktails.
The food will be served up by the street food chefs from Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner, with a menu that includes vegan Bavarian Wiesswurst, Bratwurst and Bockwurst with the usual trimmings – sauerkraut and mustard, most likely.
You can also stuff your face with the Dirty Burger, topped with ‘baycon’ or kartoffelpuffer (German potato pancakes).
Fest’s own restaurant, Birdcage, will even transform into a vegan diner for the day, serving up stone-baked pizza, loaded fries, pretzels and ice cream.
No Oktoberfest is complete without entertainment.
The main room of the venue will be decorated into a festival-themed beer hall, where guests can listen to live music by Old Dirty Brasstards and Brasstermind, as well as watch shows by Lolo Brow – a ‘female drag queen sideshow nut’ – who will perform on 12 October.
The following Saturday, cabaret, comedy and magic star Dee Riley will take the stage.
Tickets start from £10, and last year’s shows were sold out, so if you want one you best hurry.
If the weather allows, there’s also the option of swinging by Wonderfest Rooftop, for a beer and sunset view of Camden Stables Market.
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