Leeds Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is returning to Leeds for two weekends — October 6-8 and October 13-15 — being staged this year in collaboration with HofBräu.

The new city centre location — South Bank Depot — will house up to 12,000 bier fans over both weekends. 2016’s inaugural event saw 6,000 people take on the Tetley, so this year offers double the capacity for revellers.

Walking distance from Leeds’ train station, the new Globe Road location has recently been used for live theatre during Transform Arts Festival, to film mainstream TV dramas, and is the new large-scale indoor and outdoor space at the heart of the South Bank regeneration.

HofBräu has a prestigious reputation as one of the last traditional Munich breweries still under Bavarian ownership. Founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, the brewery is steeped in history.

This is a UK exclusive for the brewery, and it will be bringing traditional wooden barrels and performing ceremonial tappings at each session.

Festival promoter, Matt Long, said: “We can’t wait to bring back Oktoberfest Leeds, this time over the first two weekends in October. The new site is perfect for our large-scale bier event.

“We have loads of surprises up our sleeves in regard to entertainment, from the in-house oompah band to authentic Bavarian food and wooden barrel tapping ceremonies.

“We are excited and privileged about having a UK exclusive with HofBräu. They are an amazing traditional Bavarian brewery from Munich, so having them pouring is going to be special.”

Oktoberfest Leeds tickets are on sale now. Head over to www.oktoberfestleeds.com where you can buy experiences including standard, VIP tickets (VIP entrance, entry into the raised VIP area, shared table, one free stein of HofBräu, waiter and waitress table service) or the VIP package (private table for up to eight people within the raised VIP area, close to the band, eight free steins of HofBräu, waiter and waitress table service.)