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Oktoberfest Belfast to return to the King's Hall for 2017

Oktoberfest Belfast is set to return to the King's Hall this year.

The annual festival which celebrates the best in Bavarian beer will host a range of food, drink and musical activites.

A post on the Oktoberfest Belfast's Facebook this week read: "We are so happy to announce that we have confirmed Oktoberfest Belfast 2017 with the King's Hall.

"There had been some doubt with the sale of the venue underway but we could potentially be the last event to happen at the historic venue."

So far dates and times for the huge event have not been confirmed but they are expected to be announced in the coming months.

Last year's Oktoberfest was held over five weekends and was backed by one of the biggest breweries in Germany.

People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 15th October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

The Munich Oktoberfest has been running since 1810 and now hosts 6 million people year on year that come together to celebrate everything German.

In 2008 and 2009 Belfast gave host to a small imitation of the Munich festival.

The Oktoberfest returned in 2013 and has been held at the Kings Hall ever since.

Oktoberfest facts and traditions

Munich beer only

The only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich. Only beers that fit this criteria are considered Oktoberfest Beers.

Oktoberfest started as a wedding feast

The first Oktoberfest was held to honour the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, in 1810.

How strong is the beer?

Oktoberfest beer has from 0.6 to 1.1% more alcohol and sugar than the average German beer, making it even easier for people to forget all their worries, their hats, their names…

Cancelled 24 times

In 200 years, Oktoberfest has only been cancelled 24 times. The causes were mostly war and cholera epidemics.

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