OktoberFest 2018 Chennai – A Memoir
Beer, fun and festivities in a beautiful location right by the beach to take your mind off your worries and transport you to a weekend in Germany. Sounds too good to be true? But OktoberFest 2018 that took place in Sheraton Grand, Mahabalipuram on the 6th and 7th of October was exactly that and more.
I am quite sure most of you have heard about OktoberFest that takes place every year in Munich, Germany. It is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. It is famous for its beer, folk music, festivities and traditional food. I have always wanted to attend it but lets be honest, with my busy schedule, making enough time to attend a fest all the way on the other side of the globe is quite impossible. So, when the amazing pair or Rosh&Pavi told me that they were bringing the festival home and wanted me to be a part of it, I was excited like a little kid. Yes, I had heard of the festival and was vaguely aware of what to expect(beer!) but traditional nitty gritties, which Rosh&Pavi ensured were a part of the Indian OktoberFest, were what took me by surprise. For instance, women wearing dirndl(a traditional German costume) could be seen everywhere in the fest.
The fest took place largely in a magnanimous tent that was installed right by the beach. Barre beer was served freely while German artists played traditional German folk songs while people danced and drank to general merriment. That was my initial introduction to the fest. The fest soon progressed to a groovy banter with a popular line up of artists playing some of my favourite EDM tracks. The weather outside was a perfect tropical humid with a light breeze playing throughout and the atmosphere inside was infectious with joy. I couldn’t stop dancing while making new friends. Day one ended with a loud cheerful laughter followed by an after-party.
I was exhausted but was looking forward to day two already because I knew the line-up for day two was better. After spending the afternoon at the pool we proceeded to the tent to see find an even more boisterous atmosphere. I vaguely remember seeing Nikhil Chinnapa, Tuhin Mehta and Dualist Inquiry among several other artists casually strolling around and mingling with people. Day two also had a second stage setup inside the hotels arena which was a perfect respite for anyone looking to escape Mahabalipuram’s sticky humidity. I remember dancing until my toes hurt and laughing until my jaws felt permanently etched in a smile.
That was my first experience with OktoberFest! I cannot wait to be back next time.