All roads lead to Uganda Museum on Saturday October 1st 2016 for the annual Oktoberfest. The festival is brought to you by Kampala Food Network and entrance fee is just 10k per head. The festival will kick off from 12:00noon to 11:00pm at Uganda Museum Gardens. The organizers have promised the best ever festival and have told this website that it’s a must attend.
Once upon a time, a long time ago in a far away land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince, who later became King Ludgwig I, married the beautiful princess Therese Von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince’s National Guard thought that the horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate the happy event. King Max, proud father of the Prince, gave his consent to the races and so they became the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the likely beginning of Oktoberfest.
The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. It wasn’t until 1818 that booths, serving food and drink, were set up at the event. In the late 1800’s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese named in honour of Ludwig’s bride.
Today, a large mid-way and fair accompany Oktoberfest in Munich, the largest celebration of its kind in the world. The festival extends over two weeks and ends on the first Sunday of October.
It has quickly caught on of course; almost every capital in the world has an Oktoberfest event.
In Uganda the first publicly accessible edition of Oktoberfest was Oktoberfest Kampala, and was held last year 2015 at the Uganda Museum Gardens. It is now an annual event.
This year the Oktoberfest Kampala, organised by Kampala Food Network will be held once again at the Uganda Museum Gardens on the 1st of October 2016.