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A Giant Oompah for Shropshire Oktoberfest
01 Sep 2023

We're excited about the return of Shropshire Oktoberfest to The Quarry this October 6th and 7th. This vibrant beer festival has become a solid staple of our annual calendar and now pulls in folks from far and wide - dressed up or not, there's bound to be something in it for you! 

You'd better get in quick if you're to get a taste of this year's Shropshire Oktoberfest. For the past two years, Saturday tickets for this colourful beer festival in The Quarry have sold out ahead of time and we're told tickets for 2023 are in great demand. 

Shropshire Oktoberfest girls in dirndls

Fancy dress is always fun at Shropshire Oktoberfest

Dressing up is not obligatory, although donning a dirndl is great fun - it's also fun just to soak it all in. There's stacks of live music (yes, including oompah bands!) plus plenty of entertainment whilst you imbibe - including silent disco, a karaoke tipi and comedy - and delicious street food. 

And this year, award-winning beer writer Laura Hadland (aka 'The Shropshire Goat'), of the Sunday 'Shrewsbeer' tours, will lead a special beer tasting on the Friday night, introducing us to some locally produced ales. Laura's book '50 Years of CAMRA' was named the best book in the world by the Gourmand Awards. She's also in the running for the UK's Drinks Writer of the Year 2023, as a finalist in the prestigious Guild of Food Writers Awards. 

Laura Hadland Shropshire Drinks WriterAward-winning drinks writer Laura Hadland will lead beer tastings at Shropshire Oktoberfest 2023

The festival makes a point of championing the region’s best breweries, cider makers, drinks producers and distilleries (no mainstream brands allowed), so you'll be able to chat to producers and makers on your way around, tapping into their expertise. It's a great chance to try something new and broaden your tastes. 

CAMRA's (Campaign for Real Ale) Hopportunity Bar is a good bet for top picks and unusual choices (usually including vegan and gluten free) and CAMRA will also crown the best beer at the festival ‘Shropshire’s Choice’.  On the live music stage, you'll see local bands entertaining the crowds with singalong favourites and 'Vorsprung Durch Oompah' will transport us to the German beer halls.

people in fancy dress

Friday’s acts feature 'Touch Too Much', 'The Almighty Johnsons', 'Lucas D & The Groove Ghetto', and 'Ego Friendly'. Saturday’s lineup hosts 'Back to the Border', 'The Shire-ish Rovers', 'The Vertigo Band', 'Vorsprung Durch Oompah', 'Black Bear Kiss', 'Dirty Rockin Scoundrels', 'Five o’Clock Hero', 'Fee Fee & the Sentiments', and 'Skaburst'. The stage will be hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire’s Paul Shuttleworth. 

On Saturday there will be barrels of laughs to go with the beers in the Comedy Club. Confirmed comedians include stand-up Roger Monkhouse, who is a regular writer on Jimmy Carr’s panel show - 8 Out of 10 Cats, 2017 Britain’s Got Talent Finalist and golden buzzer winner - Daliso Chaponda, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist – Noel James, all-round entertainer Sol Bernstein, winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny - Patrick Monahan, and Preston’s funny man, Tony Vino, will be MC.

THe Silent disco

The silent disco at Shropshire Oktoberfest - don't knock it until you've tried it!

Festival goers can pick their own music in the silent disco tent, sponsored by Throgmorton Associates Wealth Management, and have five minutes of fame in Volvo Shrewsbury’s Carpool Karaoke tipi.  Tickets have nearly sold out for the Chrisbeon VIP tent on Saturday, October 7th.  

Beth Heath, Director of Fun at Shropshire Festivals, said: "It’s time to dust off your lederhosen and get ready for real ales, cider, lager, wine, spirits and cocktails in our huge marquees. We promise you all the ingredients for a brilliant day and evening out, with bands performing singalong favourites, fun in the silent disco and karaoke tipi, hilarious comics, and delicious street food. Don’t miss the county’s best party – we’ll see you there!” 

Two men at Oktoberfest dressed up in lederhosen

Early bird tickets can be purchased from www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk