The original Oktoberfest is a festival that is held every year in Munich, Germany .
The festival is about traditional Bavarian German celebration with German food specialties and of course Beer. , Traditional music and dancing, but also carnival style rides. Unlike other festivals much of the action occurs in huge tents that hold thousands of people where there are bands that play Oom Pah style music and other sprited tunes that makes you want to dance.
In Germany and especially Bavaria the Oktoberfest is known as the Theresienwiese roughly means Therese's Meadow or lawn or fairgrounds in this case.
Pronounced ...sort of like ....Tear-REESian-visa... for the American tongue. They also shorten it to just ...Wiesn.
Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!" in the Austro-Bavarian dialect) opens the Oktoberfest. The mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.
The Mayor tapping the keg.
Here is a great video of the tapping of the first beer
in the 2007 Munich Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest always begins with parades, that start on opening day in Munich and goes out to the Festival grounds.This is a parade of the "Landlords and the Breweries" ,
Why is Beer so popular at Oktoberfest? The common thought is that beer became so popular in Germany because the drinking water was so bad a
and one feared cholera or disease. Most bad germs were killed during fermentation so beer was the safe beverage to serve adults and kids! It was also considered healthy and a good source of calories.
Ready to serve beer at the 1928 Oktoberfest.
The Waitress in German is called (die) Kellnerin
a waiter is a called (der) Kellner.
The must be very resilient to deal with drunk patrons but also strong to hold up to 12
Bierkrüge holding a liter each of beer. (called a Mass)
What are some of the most popular foods at Oktoberfest ?
This is the Entrance to the Oktoberfest in Munich
Inside are rides, booths with foods and games and the large Beer tents ( Festzelt) that hold up Thousands of people.
One dish that is not commonly talked about in the Munich Oktoberfest is
Steckerlfisch (Fish on a stick).The fish (usually Mackerel) is skewered on a stick lengthwise so it
can be tilted over the fire and the fat runs down the stick instead of into the fire.
Still is a very popular food at the Oktoberfest, they are put the fish (usually Mackerel)
on a stick lengthwise so that it can be angled over the fire and the fat
will run down the stick instead of over the fire.
One thing that hasn't changed is "Man Down"
Especially drunk patrons are known as "Bierleichen" ,
or beer corpses.
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