A record number of steins were sloshed in Island Gardens as London Oktoberfest capitalised on the cancellation of a similar event in the East End.
More than 10,000 flocked to the Isle of Dogs site on two four-day weekends, ending on Sunday (October 11) and organisers worked hard to accommodate “a lot of let down Tobacco Dockers”, who had bought tickets to celebrations in Wapping.
Carsten Raun, director of London Oktoberfest on the Isle of Dogs, claimed his event worked out well, with no queues or incidents.
Guests, he said, simply partied “as good as being in Munich”.
However, one attendee, Clare Deacon, wrote on our Facebook site “The Millwall Park event seems to have been very well-attended but, again, it looked like they weren’t prepared well enough to cater for the numbers.
“When I visited early evening Saturday, entry was fine but the queue for the bar consisted of a single snaking line at least 100 people long. It looked like the morning rush hour at the Bank DLR platforms.”
Carsten has planned a return to E14 next year.
He said: “We will expand to the biggest event ever in London 2016 with six wonderful weeks and more than 50,000 guests expected for our sixth year in London.”
The Wapping Oktoberfest was cancelled just minutes before it was due to open on October 9.
Revellers were left disappointed and “disgusted” after reading a note on the event website, which stated: “Due to unforeseen circumstances the OktoberFest London event has been cancelled. The company is accessing [sic] the situation and further information will be provided as and when it becomes available.”