Oktoberfest is The Beer Festival and Fair held in Munich and lasts for sixteen days. There are also Oktobefest events held in many cities across the world. This is also a good opportunity to have an Oktoberfest Party full of traditional Oktoberfest Decorations, beer, food and music. To add to the fun wearing Oktoberfest Costumes together with Oktoberfest Hats really gets everyone in the party mood. We would love to hear about your Oktoberfest experiences and what have planned for this year.
Oktoberfest is a sixteen day festival held annually in Munich and is a big part of Bavarian culture. This is the largest Beer Festival and Fair and takes place during the sixteen days of September up to and including the first Sunday in October. People attend from all over the world and other cities also hold Oktoberfest festivities based on Munich celebrations. Oktoberfest began with the Royal Wedding of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. To celebrate their marriage there was a great horse race and in 1835 a parade took place. Oktoberfest is full of tradition which includes Costumes, Bavarian Hats and loads of food such as chicken, sausages, red cabbage and pretzels. As well as this traditional folk music is played which becomes louder as the evening wears on and more beer is drunk, people then start dancing and singing. There are only six breweries allowed to participate in Oktoberfest and each brewery has their own tent. The Mayor of Munich officially opens the celebrations. At Noon he performs the tapping of the first keg of beer then all visitors can drink.