Oktoberfest has been long-known and celebrated, in fact, it’s the longest running festival in the world. Originating in 1810 with the celebration of the marriage of Germany’s King Ludwig I to Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, the festivities have continued since, and with growing vigour. What began as a simple horse race and agricultural festival on the Theresienwiese, or “Therese’s fields,” in Bavaria, grew slowly at first with only a few beer stands and a couple of local vendors throughout most of the 1800s.
It wasn’t until the twentieth century that the huge international festival that we know and love today began to take form. Beer halls, cultural events, live music, and traditional Bavarian cuisine now play an essential role in celebrations across the globe. And when it comes to festivities for Oktoberfest, Exeter is no exception!
The biggest celebration, of course, remains in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, where millions of people gather each year to experience Bavarian culture and cuisine while enjoying litre upon litre of beer. The festival has now spread to encompass much of the UK, where many of the larger cities put on elaborate week-long events to join in on the celebrations. If you’re in the South West and eager to sample Oktoberfest, Exeter is your go-to city.
There will be a number of events in the city from the end of September through October, so come and stop by The Terrace to enjoy the revelry from our Rooftop bar while sipping on the very drink that has become synonymous with Oktoberfest itself: beer. Our selection of brews is sure to hit the spot and warm the soul from the chill of an autumnal evening. To experience the spirit of Oktoberfest, Exeter is as fine a city as ever to find yourself in, and here at The Terrace, we can’t wait for the party to begin!