Last year around this time I wrote a blog on the history of Oktoberfest, urging you all that if you’re interested in attending the iconic festival that now is the time to book! So here I am again, with some new fun facts to encourage a trip to the Fatherland to enjoy beer, brezn, and some good old fashion fun. If you would like to check out last year’s blog you can find that by clicking: Here!
Many people think they know what Oktoberfest is all about, and you’d be partially right, it’s definitely a fun filled beer drinking experience, but there is much much more to the 16 day event than just a good brew. Known to the locals as Wiesn, 2016 marks the 206th year Oktoberfest has been going on. Originally held as a celebration for the newly married Bavarian Prince Ludwig, today it has transformed to the over 2 week festival of fun.
Some interesting facts and figures for you. Over 6 million people attend Oktoberfest every year. Those 6 million consumer more than 18 million gallons of beer. Each beer runs at approximately $13 per liter and is served in the traditional glass steins. The largest of the beer tents on the Oktoberfest grounds is the Hofbrau-Festhalle, which seats 10,000 guests. The kickoff to the 16 day festival begins with the Mayor of Munich cracking open the first barrel of beer and exclaiming, “O zapft ist,” which means “It’s tapped.”
If drinking isn’t your thing, don’t worry there is SO much more to do than just drink. Lets start with the food. Oktoberfest and Germany offer some amazing food options with signature dishes at this Bavarian festival never disappointing. Try the Hendl (roast chicken) or Schweinsbraten (roast pork) for our carnivores. Sample a Brezn (pretzel) or Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) if meat is your thing. Or if you want to be strictly traditional Wurst and Sauerkraut are always on the menu.
Looking to take in some great live music? Perfect! At Oktoberfest each of the tents host live brass bands that play everything from chart hits to traditional German music. They play all day long and throughout the evening are sure not to disappoint. Thinking of taking the kids? No problem! Oktoberfest begins each year with a parade, suitable for the whole family. Throughout the 16 days the carnival runs with a ferris wheel, roller coaster, games and much more. There is truly something for everyone at this annual festival.
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