Yes, even though the total beer consumption stands at an astounding 7.5 million liters (Oktoberfest 2017), this amazing festival is much more than chugging the otherwise fantastic lagers.
Scrolling through the pages of Germany’s history reveals that the roots of this festival dates back to the year 1810. Kronprinz Ludwig, later known as King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and the royal event was celebrated throughout Munich. The wedding initiated a yearly ritual which kept on growing over the years.
Oktoberfest represents a prominent part of this country’s culture. The people of Munich have witnessed the transformation of Oktoberfest into a public festival and later into a world-wide event which was roughly attended by 6 million people last year. The numbers are staggering and so is the scale of this festival.
When is it happening this year?
Starting from 22nd of September, it will end on the 7th of October.
This ceremony marks the beginning of Oktoberfest. Scheduled to take place on the 22nd of September this year, the Mayor of Munich shall tap the first barrel of beer in the Schottenhamel tent. The tapping will be immediately followed by the firing of saluting shots through the air at the Bavaria statue.
Landlords and breweries
The first day of Oktoberfest marks the arrival of more than 1000 participants that include the families of the landlords’, the members of the breweries along with the waitresses and beer tent bands, together adding tons of color and flavor with their decorated carriages and the beautiful horse-drawn drays.
The sponsor of the biggest tent which covers a massive area of 5084 square meters and more than 7000 seats (inside and outside), The brewery HofbrauHaus constructed this tent in 1972. Every year, the tent is specifically erected for Oktoberfest, and this process takes around 3 months.
This state-owned brewery brews different types of beers (Weissbier, Helles, Maibock, Dunkel and Oktoberfest lagers amidst others) and they still use the original recipes which were handed down by Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria.
There is absolutely no doubt that Oktoberfest 2018 is going to be fantastic. People will devour their way through thousands of grilled sausages, pretzels, and chicken amongst others and of course, beer will be chugged in epic proportions but this doesn’t change the fact the people of Munich love their country’s traditions. Oktoberfest has been on for more than 200 years now and every year, the rituals and traditions are followed with all the zeal and fervor.