Oekofestival, Japanese soul food and Oktoberfest


Weekend: Oekofestival, Japanese soul food and Oktoberfest

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Head to Pfaffenthal for the EcoFestival, savor handcrafted ramen or yakimono to J-pop tunes in Kyosk, or head to Clausen in your dirndl and lederhosen

Head to Pfaffenthal for the EcoFestival, savor handcrafted ramen or yakimono to J-pop tunes in Kyosk, or head to Clausen in your dirndl and lederhosen

Enjoy a sunny Saturday (ish) with three festivals in Luxembourg City, designed to delight the taste buds, spearhead discussions on the ecological future of the Grand Duchy or celebrate a tradition of royal wedding with beer and Grillhaenchen.

Organized by the Ecological Movement and taking place around the Oekozenter, the Oekosoph Restaurant, the Sang a Klang room, the Odendahl Park and along the Alzette river, and in harmony with the youth strike for the climate at Gare, this festival takes place on friday september 24 from 4 p.m. , and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday September 25. You can find a location map here.

Saturday, full program of live music, guided tours, entertainment for children, discussions and conferences on everything related to ecology, climate change, recycling and the environment. It’s a green waste and CovidCheck event, but if you don’t have a vaccination passport or a negative test, you can take a test on site for € 5.

The 3D virtual tour gives you a view of Pfaffenthal in the 19th century

Photo: Diane Lecorsais

There is a virtual reality guided tour (via mini bus), developed with the City of Luxembourg, which takes you through the history of the Pfaffenthal district, using 3D glasses to immerse you in the narrow streets of the 19th century. century of the district, with images and music to give you a taste of everyday life, between horse-drawn carriages, large private houses and Vauban military barracks. Tours are restricted to people aged 12 and over. Younger guests can listen to stories in Luxembourgish, try craft workshops or attend a powershow with Georges Christen.

There will be an afternoon tour of Pfaffenthal covering the old streets and buildings and another discovery of wild herbs and plants.

You can also visit bee colonies, learn the differences between organic and conventional beekeeping, and the importance of biodiversity at the apiary between the center and the Alzette river, or take a tour to discover the city’s nocturnal fauna. .

Music is provided by indie band Seed to Tree, Hannah Ida, Latin jazz from Marly Marques and reggae group Le Vibe, and blues / rock from Heavy Petrol, as well as other jazz and folk performances – experience a full range of artists and schedules here.

And perhaps more importantly, there will be discussion forums on agriculture and biodiversity, forestry and climate change, the rise of real estate development and how to stop the growing mountain of plastic around the world.

Head to Central Park and Kyosk to sample homemade artisan ramen from local producers Manzoku, to the sound of J-pop and some Japanese classics on the big screen.


Mei Henderson (left) and the Manzoku team serving locally made ramen noodles

Mei Henderson (left) and the Manzoku team serving locally made ramen noodles

Photo: Mansoku

It’s not a Matsuri (Japanese party or festival) say organizers, but they hope to host a larger version next year. In the meantime, you can feast on charcoal-grilled Yakimono skewers (chicken and vegetarian) from chef Kyosk Nuno, or Sando (Japanese-style sandwiches), while the Manzoku tent will offer Miso Ramen with marinated eggplant and Tokyo. Shoyu Ramen with chicken, plus spicy homemade kimchi. You can choose Japanese craft beer or sake to wash it.

Asian culture will be the backdrop, including Studio Ghibli’s Japanese anime on the outdoor screen (with miso popcorn to snack on), and an eclectic mix of J-rock and J-pop on the speakers.

The event will start at noon on September 25 and 26 and end at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. This is a CovidCheck event but rapid antigen testing is available on site.

“Kyosk has embraced this celebration of authentic Japanese cuisine with an authentic Japanese welcome,” said Mei Henderson, co-owner of Manzoku, adding, “Our service staff includes a number of Japanese students studying at the University of Luxembourg. .

It’s that time of year again, even if it’s not yet October, to don your dirndl or lederhose and enjoy lots of beer.


Bar manager, Christian Zirwes in traditional Oktoberfest costume

Bar manager, Christian Zirwes in traditional Oktoberfest costume

Photo: Pedro Sampayo Ribeiro

Munich, the home of Oktoberfest, receives around 7 million mugs of beer and 400,000 sausages during its annual festival, which always begins on the third Saturday in September and dates back to celebrations in 1810 for the wedding of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. to Thérèse of Saxon-Hildburghausen.

Although the Munich festival has been canceled again this year, you can head to the Big Beer Company for a month-long Oktoberfest that starts on Friday, September 24, with singer and musician Marco Boesen, as well as a multitude Luxembourgish DJs, including DJ Stanko, DJ Hoffmeister, DJ Oli, Becki & Schantzesi and DJ Maji. They will also elect Miss and Mr. Oktoberfest as part of the celebrations.

“Oktoberfest has been a tradition in our brewery for 10 years, where we serve our Gezwickelt Clausel beer in Bavarian-style half and one liter mugs. Christian Zirwes.

The CovidCheck stations will be operational, with a small entry fee until 3 a.m., or a few extra euros for an antigen test and entry until 1 a.m.


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