Oktoberfest – The Delights, Delicacies and Drinks That You Can Expect
The world-renowned and largest beer festival Oktoberfest runs from 17th September to 3rd October, read on to find out more about this event.
Oktoberfest is taking place every year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It's not just a celebration of all things Bavarian and beer-related. There is an extensive history surrounding the festivities.
The first festival was held in 1810 as a city-wide celebration on the occasion of the Royal Wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
The grounds are known as Wiesn; a shortened version of ‘Theresienwiese’, or Theresa’s Fields. In 1811, an agriculture show was added to go with the horse race events. In following years, amusements such as carousels, swings, and beer stands were featured.
Today, Oktoberfest combines old Bavarian tradition with 21st-century events. It includes the Grand Entry of the Landlords, Breweries, and open-air music shows.
Let's take a look at the exciting events that you can expect at Oktoberfest;
Opening the event – the grand entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries
The grand entry is a procession of horse-drawn carriages, drays, and floats. It signifies the start of the festival. The carriages and floats bring in the landlords families, waitresses, and bands.
A Traditional Bavarian Occasion – the Costume and Riflemen’s Parade
The Costume and Rifleman’s Parade showcases colourful costumes of marching bands, animals, troops, and floats displaying Bavarian traditions.
Open-Air Music Shows
The second Sunday of Oktoberfest includes a ‘big band’ style and open air concert! It will take place on the steps of the Bavaria Statue.
The Beer Tents
Combine singing, dancing and eating yummy Bavarian food with some of the best beer in the world!
Check out some of the beer tents below that will be at Oktoberfest;
The beer that you will find in this tent comes from Munich’s oldest brewery and will come from wooden kegs! It is for you if you fancy more of a traditional experience, food and beer-wise.
Quieter than the Augustiner, Fischer-Vroni tent includes many fish dishes on the menu. Grab a steckerlfisch, or ‘fish on a stick’ and relax at one of the tables.
This tent is definitely one to visit if you like big and bold! It holds the crossbow championships every Oktoberfest. It is why the tent is built to accommodate 7,500 people! All meat for the traditional Bavarian dishes come from their own livestock.
It is the oldest and most traditional tent, with the first keg of beer to be opened by the Mayor. The crowd, that frequent this tent consists mostly of young people and students.