Marked by poor time management, underlined by total irresponsibility, and highlighted by the lack of beer, Oktoberfest’s 2010 Mumbai debut is something the Indo-German Chamber Of Commerce won’t forget in a hurry.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Then, an organizer tells us that they, in all probability, will run out of the lighter Erdinger too, and we might have to settle for Kingfisher instead.
My first thought to that is “Fuck you!”, but this is not the time to think or fuck, and my immediate reaction is to sneak into a section I’m not permitted to enter, buy three litres of Erdinger Weissbier and, with the help of a waiter, take the brew back to where I should be.
So I find myself a barrel to lean on, throw back half a litre or so, and take a short walk to grab some food, only to be told they’ve run out of bratwurst. At 3 pm, at an event that’s supposed to go on till midnight, these guys have run out of another highlight of Oktoberfest.
I go back to my barrel with sweet & tangy spare ribs, and they’re fucking tasty. The problem is I need to finish all of these three litres before the damn beer gets warm because I’m not mentally prepared to drink warm beer.
So yeah, shortage of German beer, no sausages, and being offered Kingfisher is what I’ll remember Mumbai Oktoberfest 2010 for. Maybe the Indo-German Chamber Of Commerce didn’t know Mumbai can drink as much as any other beer-loving society; well, now they know for sure, and they’ll have to slap their hangover off if they want to try and impress Bombay next year. Prost, India!