The Plaza de Europa in Puerto de la Cruz will become a German town next weekend, thus providing a leap in quality to the 49th edition of Oktoberfest, the oldest beer festival in Spain, framed in the celebration of the Bavarian Week, organized by the Center for Initiatives and Tourism (CIT) with the collaboration of the City Council.
This is one of the main novelties of this year, which is joined by a varied gastronomic offer, craft beers and German pastries, accompanied by music in an open space prepared for the occasion.
The Bavarian Week program was presented yesterday by the president of the CIT, Juan José Hernández; the mayor of Porto, Marco González; the Councilor for Tourism, Carolina Rodríguez; and the representatives of the German tour operator Schauinsland-reisen and the company Paulamer Canarias, sponsors of the event, Antonia Schweigel and Aridany Rodríguez, respectively.
The events will begin on Monday, August 22 with concerts by the German orchestras Reinheitsgebot, Hüttenzauber and Blechbuckel, arriving from different parts of the country to share the traditional folklore of German culture and offer traditional music in the different hotel establishments that collaborate this year and on the main streets of the city, such as Calle Iriarte, Avenida de Colón or Lago Martiánez.
The highlight of the program will be the Oktoberfest, which will take place on August 26, 27 and 28. On this occasion, in which the event is being held again after two years of the pandemic, there will be dishes for celiacs and vegans and there will be a tent for making mojitos and a premium area with a different atmosphere where you can enjoy of the city sunset. For professionals in the tourism sector, a varied offer will be presented accompanied by craft beer and wines from the region.
“This is a committed event, shared between enjoyment, environmental awareness and the revitalization of the city,” stressed Juan José Hernández, who reported that the organic waste generated during the three days of Oktoberfest will be used to make compost for use in the fertilization of municipal gardens and in poinsettias for Christmas from a new container color.
For his part, the mayor recalled that the festival could be carried out and reinvented “in the most complicated moments and now it returns with all its splendor.” In this sense, he was “delighted to continue offering culture and leisure to the citizens of Porto and to visitors, who not by chance have made this city the epicenter of the tourist and cultural recovery of the Canary Islands.”