Custom House Square may not be hosting Belsonic this year, but the good news is it will be home to a German Bierfest from May 18-22.

The Bierfest is formed on the concept of a sommerfest and organisers, who hope to make it an annual event, say it will be the first Bierfest in Belfast.

Oktoberfest has been a regular fixture in the King’s Hall for many years but we’re told there are subtle difference between Bierfest and Oktoberfest… the time of year for a start.

Those attending the Bierfest will be immersed in the vintage setting of German village populated by wooden huts where guests can find all kinds of original products from hot, delicious wurst to luscious sweets and unique souvenirs.

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In addition, there is a Bier Garden where visitors can enjoy a cold German beer in the relaxing ambiance of a summer day. The nearby Sekt Garden is an exclusive area that offers an opportunity to taste the famous Sekt or German sparkling wine. Not far away is the Fun Time area with various funfair games such as Hau den Lukas (test your strength), bull-riding (a fake bull we hope) and a shooting hut.

In contrast to the mellow and easygoing atmosphere of the outdoor market is the Fest Tent.

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There’s a palpable excitement inside that guarantees a fabulous party with a German band entertaining revellers all night with live music and performances. Guests will be seated next to one another by the long tables and benches. There is a limited capacity of 1,200 seats so it is advisory to book tickets online.

Three types of beer – Bavarian Weißbier, Festbier and Craftbier – are presented at the Bierfest by Bavarian Festbeer Brewery, located in northern Bavaria. In addition, a selection of savory German delicacies such as Schnitzel, Brezel, Hendl is available at the Bier Garden and inside the Fest Tent.

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Belfast German Bierfest is open daily from May 18-22. Entrance is free in the German Village. The Fest Tent is free to enter on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and £5 on Friday and Saturday.

Children are welcome in the German Village and only on Sunday in the Fest Tent. The age limit for the Fest Tent on other days except Sunday is 18+.

For tickets go to belfast.bierfest.co.uk/tickets

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