Oktoberfest 6 at 365 A.S.

It's the 6th year that Oktoberfest is being celebrated at Hyatt Regency Chennai and it's only getting better. The familiar blue and white striped canopy hung overhead, jars of mustard and other condiments were arranged on each trestle table and there was a large crowd of folks that had been invited to bring in the festival. German Consul General Achim Fabig did the honours by tapping the keg and golden brew flowed into a pitcher held underneath the tap.

At the exact same moment, our beer mugs were filled by the service crew. The beer was cold and there was no other way to quench a mighty thirst.

Mustard selection

German music and familiar pop songs in German kept the crowd on its toes. Every now and then, train dancers would snake around the tables, pulling in more people and everyone joined in with gusto. Chennai's version of the Bavarian beer and sausage festival was absolutely fun.

Pretzels, salads & sourdough slices

The pretzel tree

Beer-roasted chicken & mashed potatoes

Veg delights -mushroom & spinach strudel; roasted veggies

Sausages & sauerkraut

There were salads to start the meal with - cheese and ham and green bean amandine. Yummy breads like sourdough and pumpernickel were arranged beside them. And of course, deliciously chewy pretzels studded with salt flakes At the counters, there were plenty of main courses and how could it be Oktoberfest without the bratwursts, frankfurters and snail sausages?

Snail sausage and sauerkraut

Roasted pork belly and the works!

The pièce de résistance was a beautifully roasted, delightfully tender pork belly with accompaniments... so died-and-went-to-heaven good!

Bee sting cake

Apple strudel; chocolate pots

Yummy pancakes with cherry compote

Do leave some space for dessert, they're really really good.

Oktoberfest is on till October 7th and it's  a good idea to make a reservation.


Pic: Hyatt Regency Chennai


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