11 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A three day festival, inspired by the world famous German event Oktoberfest, is scheduled to take place in Ballybay next month.

Oktoberfeast, which has been organised by the enterprising members of Ballybay Chamber of Commerce promises fun for all the family over three days. Celebrating Ballybay’s links to German town Osterhofen Gergweis in Bavaria it will begin on Friday, 9th October and conclude on Sunday, 11th.

Speaking at the launch of the festival in Ballybay Wetlands Centre on Monday evening, Chamber secretary Paul McPhillips explained that while the festival didn’t officially begin until the Friday night, the Ireland vs Germany match that was scheduled to take place on the Thursday night was a happy coincidence and it would be screened in pubs around Ballybay.

The festival would commence with the opening of the barrel on Friday night. All the businesses in the town were involved with Oktoberfeast and one big part of the event was the beer trade.

Referring to the craft beer scene in Ireland as being incredibly active, Mr McPhillips outlined how each pub in Ballybay would be ‘twinned’ with an Irish craft beer   for the weekend.

He was particularly pleased to report that one of these craft brewers had come on board as the festival’s main…

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