Put on your best German outfit: Harvest Haus dresses up Vancouver’s Oktoberfest 2015

Photo sourced from Harvest Haus on Facebook

Photo sourced from Harvest Haus on Facebook

You don’t have to wait for Halloween to dress up in Vancouver, as more and more local events are encouraging revellers to get into theme of the party no matter what time of year.

Case in point: Harvest Haus, which is organized by the same folks behind Diner en Blanc and Unbuckled.

Back this year for the second time at Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza, the Oktoberfest-themed beer festival not only is encouraging people to don their best lederhosen or dirndl, they’ll sell you an outfit if you don’t happen to have one hanging in your closet.

Photo sourced from Harvest Haus on Facebook

Photo sourced from Harvest Haus on Facebook

Harvest Haus takes place under a giant tent over two extended weekends in 2015: October 1 to 4 and October 9 to 11. With up to 1,000 people in capacity, the venue aims to recreate the feel of a Bavarian beer hall.

Inside, there are long tables at which revellers can prost one another with their ceramic beer steins. There’s a choice of European and European-inspired brews to fill your mug, including Lowenbrau and Krombacher.

Entertainment includes a keg tapping ceremony and live music by the Alpiners and the oom-pah band the Oktoberators, as well as interludes of harvest festival-themed performances.

Outside in the “Marktplatz”, food stalls offer traditional Oktoberfest fare for purchase. These include rotisserie-grilled pork hock (schweinshaxn) and chicken (gockeln), schnitzel and spaetzle, and of course, bratwurst.

Photo sourced from Harvest Haus on Facebook

Photo sourced from Harvest Haus on Facebook

Tickets are sold for eight sittings, each of which includes four hours of access to the the festival. General admission costs $25 for afternoon sittings, or $35 for evening sittings.

You can rent or buy a 500-millilitre stein to drink from, and all food and beverages must be paid for in “Gulden”, or tokens that you purchase on-site or online in advance.

Several levels of VIP tickets are available, which buy you a place at the long table and other extras, such as a gold-coloured stein.

The König Paket, or super-VIP ticket, is a season pass that covers all the sittings, two of them VIP for you and your friends. For $275, these include a lederhosen or dirndl that you can custom-order and pick up in advance.

You can also order the outfits separately through the Harvest Haus’s online shop.

For full details and all ticket options see the Harvest Haus website.

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