Drink, sing, oompah, repeat

Drink, sing, oompah repeat. Drink, sing oompah, repeat.

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It's nearly October, which means it's pretty much nearly Oktoberfest. And the Birmingham variety kicks off on the 12th of the month, precisely 206 years after Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese, and began what is now the biggest festival in the world, held in Munich annually. Taking up its usual Cannon Hill Park residence for the somewhat svelter but no less perfectly formed Midlands edition, entry is free on Wednesday and peaks at £10 on Saturday. But if you're doing this thing properly — and by properly we do mean attending en-masse and in lederhosen — there are a perplexing number of packages, which essentially get you a seat reservation, plus varying quantities of food and the bubbly brown stuff. The prevalence of schlager music goes without saying.

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