Tourist tip #295 / Ireland on the Yarkon: Beer fest and expo
Looking for the jollity of Oktoberfest in sunny Tel Aviv? Look no further than the renovated train station in Neve Tzedek.
Visitors to the seaside complex called the Tahana, in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, might find themselves feeling drunk, if only in empathy. The managers of the food and design section of the Tahana – which until 1948 had been a train station connecting Jaffa with Jerusalem – decided it is the venue to hold a beer festival, in collaboration with the veteran Irish beverages company Guinness.
The idea, say the organizers, was to import the jollity of the Oktoberfest winter festival directly from Munich to sunny Tel Aviv.
For two nights, tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow, the site will feature a series of Irish-themed bars offering a range of beers. Entrance is free and the organizers vow prices will be reasonable.
You can also expect live music from rock, blues and jazz bands, and hot dog stands. Whether the waiters and waitresses will be garbed in style remains to be seen. What is for sure is the Tahana will also be featuring an exhibit of unique beer-related trinkets, gadgets and doodads from around the world.
Note that the Tahana also houses a number of restaurants and cafes not related to the beer fest, though the merriment could possibly spill over. So if you're looking for an unusual juxtaposition of buildings dating from the late 19th century, a European atmosphere, cold beer and Tel Aviv humidity, this is the place for you.
When: July 24 and 25
Where: 2 Koifman Street, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv