Oktober Fest, Munich's Iconic Beer Festival

Oktober Fest, Munich's Iconic Beer Festival

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Published on September 17, 2023

Oktoberfest is a world-famous beer festival and traveling carnival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is the world's largest Volksfest (folk festival), running from mid- or late-September to around the first Sunday in October, with more than six million international and national visitors attending the event.

Oktoberfest originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (who later became King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The festival concluded five days later with a horse race held in an open area that came to be called Theresienwiese. The following year the race was combined with a state agricultural fair, and in 1818 booths serving food and drink were introduced.

Today, Oktoberfest has evolved into a massive and internationally recognized event. Oktoberfest is a two-week celebration of Bavarian culture, featuring beer, food, music, and dancing. There are 14 large beer tents, each run by a different Bavarian brewery, as well as numerous smaller tents and booths serving food and drinks. 

Key features of Oktoberfest include:

Beer Tents: The festival is famous for its large beer tents, each run by different Munich breweries. These tents serve a variety of traditional German beers, with the most popular being Märzenbier, a strong, amber lager. Märzenbier is the traditional beer served at Oktoberfest. It is a strong lager that is brewed specifically for the festival.

Traditional Food: Alongside beer, Oktoberfest offers a wide range of traditional Bavarian foods such as sausages, pretzels, roast chicken, pork knuckles, and sauerkraut. Bratwurst, pretzels, and sauerkraut are some of the most popular food items at Oktoberfest. Other popular dishes include roasted chicken, pork knuckles, and dumplings.

Live Music: The beer tents feature live music, including traditional German bands and modern music acts. It's common for attendees to dance on the benches and tables to the music.

Carnival Rides and Games: In addition to food and beer, Oktoberfest grounds include an amusement park with various rides and games, making it a family-friendly event.

Traditional Clothing: Many visitors and even some of the locals dress in traditional Bavarian attire, such as lederhosen (leather shorts) for men and dirndls (traditional dresses) for women.

Parades: There are often parades, including the grand opening procession and traditional costume parades.

Cultural Events: Oktoberfest showcases Bavarian culture with events like dance performances, craft exhibitions, and more.

Massive Crowds: Millions of people from around the world attend Oktoberfest each year, making it a truly international celebration.

It's important to note that while the Oktoberfest in Munich is the most famous and largest, similar Oktoberfest celebrations are held in many cities worldwide, often with a focus on German beer, food, and cultural traditions.


Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Haldiram’s Nagpur, a household name synonymous with delectable Indian cuisine, has recently inaugurated its latest restaurant and sweets outlet in the vibrant neighborhood of Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. Nestled within the Gokul Complex, this new establishment offers an enticing culinary experience for travelers, commuters, and food enthusiasts alike.

The grand opening on April 12th marked the debut of Haldiram’s 14th outlet in Bengaluru, showcasing the brand’s continued growth and commitment to delighting customers across India. Boasting an extensive menu, the restaurant invites patrons to indulge in a plethora of offerings, ranging from popular snacks like Aloo Bhujia and Kaju Mixture to authentic Indian delicacies such as Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, and Raj Kachori. To commemorate the occasion, Haldiram’s is also extending a special breakfast offer, providing a 50% discount on South Indian dishes from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM until April 30, 2024, exclusively at the Malleshwaram outlet.

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Neeraj Agrawal, Director of Haldiram’s Foods International Pvt Ltd, expressed enthusiasm about the new venture. Agrawal said, “We are excited to announce­ that Haldiram's has opened its 14th outlet in Bengaluru, in the he­art of Malleshwaram. This latest addition underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering delectable sweets and authentic Indian cuisine. We eagerly anticipate welcoming our guests and offering them a memorable dining experience, complete with unparalleled food quality and service excellence.” 

Renowned for its unwavering focus on quality and taste, Haldiram’s continues to innovate while honoring tradition, ensuring that each dining experience is memorable and satisfying. The launch of its latest restaurant in Malleshwaram underscores the brand’s dedication to providing food enthusiasts with an array of authentic flavors and exceptional hospitality.

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About Haldiram’s:

With a rich legacy spanning over eight decades, Haldiram’s has established itself as a leading name in the Indian culinary landscape. Known for its exceptional range of snacks and delectable dishes, the brand is committed to creating memorable dining experiences for its customers. Whether through its restaurants or packaged food products, Haldiram’s remains dedicated to delivering quality and taste that truly delights.


Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Radico Khaitan, one of India's largest liquor companies, has launched The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit of the Americas in Florida, USA. The event, held from April 14th to 17th, 2024, showcases the company's commitment to introducing luxury Indian spirits to the global market.

Crafted with precision and sophistication, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of Indian craftsmanship and tradition. Made through small-batch distillation using fresh cane juice harvested during the North Indian winter season, this rum undergoes a unique maturation process. It is aged in American Oak Barrels previously used for Rampur Indian Single Malt, followed by further maturation in Cognac XO and Vermouth casks.

Abhishek Khaitan, Managing Director of Radico Khaitan, expressed excitement about the launch, highlighting the company's dedication to delivering innovative and refined spirits. He sees The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum as a testament to Indian craftsmanship and a symbol of luxury.

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Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, “We are thrilled to announce the grand unveiling of The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum, a true jewel in the crown of the spirits world, at the IAADFS Summit. Crafted with meticulous care and inspired by centuries of tradition, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of luxury and refinement akin to world renowned Kohinoor Diamond.”

Kunal Madan, Vice President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, says “As we unveil The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit, we invite you to join us in celebrating the artistry and ingenuity behind this extraordinary creation. Experience the epitome of Indian luxury with The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum.”

The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum will soon be available in global markets, including the USA, UK, EU, Asia, and Global Travel Retail outlets. Packaged in an exquisite glass bottle reminiscent of the Kohinoor Diamond, this rum exudes opulence and sophistication. With an ABV of 43%, it promises a unique drinking experience for connoisseurs worldwide.

Radico Khaitan's foray into the luxury spirits market reaffirms its position as an industry leader committed to innovation and excellence. As the company expands its global footprint, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum stands as a shining example of Indian craftsmanship and tradition in the world of spirits.

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Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 17, 2024

If you're someone who loves exploring themed restaurants and unique flavors, Noida has a delightful surprise for you. Imagine dining inside a metro coach, surrounded by the ambiance of a stationary train. Yes, you read that right! The Noida Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (NMRC) has recently transformed a metro rail coach into a vibrant restaurant, named The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar, located inside the Noida Sector 137 metro station on the Aqua line.

This innovative initiative aims to offer passengers a quirky fine dining experience within the unique setting of a metro train coach. The restaurant, currently operational on a trial basis, recently had a soft launch. However, the official inauguration is scheduled for April 20, 2024, after which it will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12 AM.

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The menu at The Coach is diverse, offering a range of multi-cuisine dishes, including a cocktail menu and child-friendly options. According to reports, their Kashmiri kebabs have already become quite popular among food enthusiasts.

The NMRC's decision to venture into commercial activities within the metro network is not new. In the past, they have successfully established small kiosks at metro stations and leased commercial spaces to private companies for business purposes. This innovative approach aims to enhance passenger experiences and generate additional revenue streams.

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The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar is not just a restaurant; it's a destination offering a unique dining experience. With its quirky ambiance and diverse menu, it's an ideal spot for families, friends, and solo diners alike. Whether you're a food enthusiast or simply looking for something out of the ordinary, The Coach promises an unforgettable dining experience.

So, if you're in Noida and craving a unique culinary adventure, make sure to visit The Coach and indulge in the flavors of a metro train. It's not just a meal; it's an experience!

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