Dropping by Dublin’s 2016 Oktoberfest Celebrations!


Oktoberfest is finally here!

I recently published a post thru ExpatPost about the Oktoberfest celebrations in Dublin. And since having my little boy around, my Oktoberfest celebrations has never been the same. For one, I don’t go there in the evenings anymore. Kids are not allowed to get inside the fence after around 5 or 6 PM. Plus, I don’t think I’d want to since the autumn winds are quite chilly over here, too.

It might rain any minute now..

Despite that, I still try to drop by the Oktoberfest tents a few times over the 18-day festivities. I am not particularly after the beer, though. In fact, I don’t drink beer. But I do look forward to sample the tasty German grub. In particular, I have my eyes (and tummy!) set for the charcoal BBQ-grilled goodness of sausages.

Trying (and failing badly) to pose for a photo..

So last weekend, despite the gray (ugh) Irish weather, we decided to head towards the Oktoberfest site. We also met with our Italian friend to have a catch-up chat since it’s been a long time since we saw her last. The good thing about the venue is that it is close to the CHQ building so it is easy to find shelter in case of rain. And the covered area is huge with plenty of seats available as well. But since we went there with a very active toddler who wants to run and jump around – we decided to go inside the CHQ building so he can sit in a high chair instead of a wooden bench.

That Haribo stall got my money a lot of times already..

It’s been four years since I relocated here and the Oktoberfest setup hardly changed. In fact, it seems that despite the addition of a few “new” stalls each year, the “regulars” were still sitting pretty in the exact same spot I saw them the first time.

I can hear the bratwurst calling my name…

So when we entered the premises, I knew where to head to. Apart from sausages, I am badly craving for these Danish chips called Pommes Frites. Now, it looks as if there is nothing special about these but apart from the crunchy chips – that cheese sauce is to die for! I am also not a fan of onion but these crunchy onion toppings are really nice and tasty – doesn’t taste too oniony (if you know what I mean). And adds a nice texture, too!

Yummy! I was lucky I got the freshly cooked chips, too!

After buying our sausages, we headed inside the CHQ building to eat our food. I failed to take a photo of my bratwurst as my son was making some “scene” but I seasoned it with some ketchup and mayo – yum! It is great to chat with friends during weekends. Not to mention doing that while eating comfort food, too!

Are you around town during the Oktoberfest celebrations in Dublin? Then feel free to drop me a note about the festivities or visit the event’s official website here.

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35 thoughts on “Dropping by Dublin’s 2016 Oktoberfest Celebrations!

  1. We have a huge Oktoberfest here in Brazil as well. It’s in a city called Blumenau, you should definitely take a look when you can. Do you guys pay to enter or just pay for the food and drinks?

    1. I can just imagine the amount of grilled meat in Brazil for the Oktoberfest celebrations! I haven’t heard of that city before, though. But been wanting to go to Brazil mainly because of the carnival πŸ™‚ We didn’t pay any entrance fee to eat – they usually charge “something” in the evening. We were there around the afternoon since we had my son around so we need to come early-ish. Otherwise, they won’t let us in.

  2. I missed the chance of visiting Ireland in 2009 when our company was working for a famous mobile company Ericsson (hardware). I developed a serious pain in my neck so my coworker was sent in place of me. I missed my chance of visiting Ireland but hopefully there will be another opportunity.

    1. I think there will be lots of opportunities for you, especially if you are still working for the same company πŸ™‚ I hope you visit Ireland soon and be able to take part in these amazing festivals they have here.

  3. I didn’t go there this year, I went there 2 years ago with friends and it was fun. I’m all about getting excited for the Christmas market! πŸ™‚

    1. Ah, definitely! I think that’s the next big event to get excited for wherever you are anyway! πŸ˜€ I hope I have time to take photos and blog about the Christmas market here as well.

  4. I wish we had this festival in our area but nonetheless it is similar to roaming exhibitions that we have here occasionally. It’s just another excuse to shop and get spoilt.

    1. HAHA yeah. I think that’s the bottom line of these events anyway. But I think it is more or less an excuse to have an additional reason to drink. LOL!

  5. Those chips are absolutely tempting! I am ashamed to say I still havent been to Dublin. Shameful, considering I love in London and thats only an hour on RyanAir. Hopefully soon and maybe during Oktoberfest.

    1. Oh, I can understand why, to be honest, LOL! If my husband wasn’t here, I’d probably skip Ireland, too. HAHA! I love London! It is always busy and bustling with activities. There’s so much to do and eat around the city center.

  6. I have not heard about Oktoberfest, it looks fun! Kids are not allowed after evening, is it because they start selling beers?

    The food looks yummy! I really shouldn’t read your blog before I have my meals, it makes me hungrier. πŸ˜€

    1. HAHA, thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚ I just love taking food photos but there are times I forget doing it especially when I am too hungry already, HAHA! Oh, they do sell alcohol even in the morning but I think in the evenings, there are a lot more drunk people around. It is not that it’s gotten unsafe, though. But I guess it is just not nice to bring kids to a place where a lot of drinking goes on πŸ™‚

    1. HAHA, yeah! It is funny that we look for Oktoberfest because of these chips! I think my husband even tried asking the man selling these if he sells the sauce, LOL!

  7. Food looks yummy:-) i have seen pics of this but never been. good to know it’s a 18 day event. not just a weekend

    1. We are glad it is! Since the even starts weekday (Thursday usually) so we have the chance to go there on the weekend πŸ™‚ Sometimes we go there just the three of us and there are times we meet with friends. So it is a nice event to hang out with other people, too.

  8. I can imagine that Oktoberfest in Dublin is soo much fun, I love Dublin and I’ve heard Oktoberfest is amazing! πŸ™‚ And omg that photo of the freshly cooked chips – so yummy!

    1. Oh yeah – especially the Irish lads are really a great bunch of people who specialize in merrymaking! LOL! Yeah, it’s sad it is over so I can’t go to the venue to grab an order of these!

  9. How fun.. I love octoberfest anywhere on the globe! I am german…so all the food is right up my alley! Those fries look amazing! Thanks for sharing your fun pictures!


    1. I am pretty sure the celebrations here is nothing compared to yours! I actually look forward to visit Germany during this event πŸ™‚

  10. This looks like so much fun! I can’t believe there is a Haribo stand – forget the beer, that’s where you’ll find me!! Haha I would love to experience Oktoberfest in Dublin.

    1. HAHAHA, I know right?! I was so surprised when I saw it the first time, too. And yeah, got me a bag of gummies that day as well.

  11. This is a nice article. I have always seen ticket sales for the Octoberfest on sale here in Kenya, but I highly doubt it It’s a kid friendly one bit! Maybe since you have now mentioned I should but me a ticket and compare the two experiences 😊😊😊!

    1. It is “probably” kid-friendly during the day πŸ™‚ I am not sure how it is in other countries but if there are rides like carousels, it is probably kid-friendly. πŸ™‚ I think the season’s over for this year, though. But try to check it out next year πŸ˜€

  12. Isn’t it funny how Oktoberfest has spread around the globe. I can’t believe you don’t drink beer lol. Those chips look awesome and while I have never had onion topping on chips I would definitely give this a go!

    1. Oh it is! Even in my home country, it used to be nonexistent but now I think it is also a big event there! Oh, I am not a fan of onion but these are really yummy! Adds a nice texture to the cheesy topping πŸ˜€

  13. I’m so angry at myself that I’ve never been to Dublin. It’s a must for the beginning of next year. P.S those chips look incred, I know what I’ll be having for lunch!

    I love how the oktoberfest festival has now been recreated across so many European cities.

    1. Well, just be ready for the cold and wet season if you really drop by next year! πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to other Oktoberfest festivities but would LOVE to visit Germany for it!

      I am eating my food right now but wished it was a bag of chips, too!

  14. we are the same, I also don’t drink beer, but octoberfest is everywhere now! those chips are really tempting. not just those chips, but all the food! I don’t know other countries though if they do the same, in asia its as well different. Bravo to this

  15. How wonderful to see an Oktoberfest post that finds other things to enjoy besides just the beer! I appreciate the more rounded approach. It looks like it was a lot of fun!!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Although if I am a beer drinker, this blog post would’ve probably looked a bit different πŸ˜€ But for sure, I’d still post a lot of food photos!

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