Offbeat News: Dirndls, oom-pah, sausages? Oktoberfest in Iraq

In a story printed in the Miami Herald and written by the Associated Press the picture of a beer festival in strangest of places is painted beautifully.

Dirndl-clad waitresses deliver frothy beers, the brass band has the oom-pah music in full drive and there are sausages on the grill.

Welcome to Iraq?

It may still be a far cry from the Oktoberfest party in Munich, Germany, that draws in 6 million people each year.

But Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq is looking to cash in on the relative peace it is enjoying with new investment and – despite the challenge of attracting foreigners to one of the world’s most dangerous countries – perhaps the beginnings of a tourism industry.

In Irbil, a city 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, beer house owner Gunter Voelker wants to dispel the notion that Iraq isn’t a holiday destination. In the north, at least, beer is bringing people together.

You can read the rest of the article here.


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