Oktoberfest-Time To Celebrate
Only Local Beer Allowed
By: Chef Isaiah
Oktoberfest is a huge festival that usually lasts for 16 days (they extend it if a German holiday falls within the dates). We currently view this event as a large drinking festival. Although it does have its fair share of drinking it does offer so much more than this one aspect.
The origins of Oktoberfest can be traced back over two hundred years. I will not provide all the details, but in a nutshell a royal member of Bavaria, Germany was getting married and had a huge celebration involving horse races; yes there was drinking. The people in Munich loved it so much they continued to do it every year, but they also changed the date of the event to be what it is today.
People all over Germany and the world go to Munich to celebrate this event. People dress up like the stereotype of lederhosen, and even girls’ dress-up in what is called dirndl (think German barmaid dress). Music is played by mainly bands stopping only to say a cheer or toast to drink another round. They even have cannons fire at the beginning of the festival. The mayor of the town gets the honor of tapping the first keg, once tapped he shouts "Ozapft is!" which basically he is announcing that the keg is tapped. There is even superstition associated with how many times the mayor will take to hammer the tap into the keg.
All kinds of food are made for the event that is very much traditional. I would list the German names but basically it is sauerkraut, sausages, roasted pork, ham hocks, pretzels, grilled fish, fried chicken and many other great German dishes. The part that I would say is the most impressive regarding this event, would be that only local beer is allowed into the festival. I don't mean local like anywhere in Germany, I mean local within the city limits of Munich to be called Oktoberfest beer.
A side note on German beer is that they have very strict rules about the beer ingredients. They have a law that is called the Purity Law which only allows hops, water and barley to be used in the beer making process. Eventually this rule has been changed slightly to allow yeast, malts and sugar. So that means there were no flavored beers, and everything was left up to the brew master to make the beer good.
Everyone and I mean everyone in Munich tries to go to the Oktoberfest at least at one point of the festival. This includes teenagers; elderly, even business firms join the celebration or at least send their employees there. I think the business firms might be onto something, because it sounds like it might be a great team building exercise.
Oktoberfest has become very popular; in other locations of the world people celebrate and have their own festival. Some of the festivals even fall on different dates. I think it would be great to check one out near you. It is very likely, that if there is a strong German heritage in your area there would be some sort of Oktoberfest celebration.
Side Note: The standard size beer in Germany is 1 Liter. To put things into perspective 1 Liter is 4.23 cups!
By: Sabrina Delaney
As we venture through life, we find ways to connect with friends and family through celebration. These are the moments that we build memories and add that extra something as the months continue to rotate.
It is exciting to explore new horizons, with our planning opportunities being endless and only as limited as we choose. There are so many cultures and different ways to explore the unexplored within our life. You might not be Irish, but why should you not have an event playing the music from another culture? Determining the decorations could be as simple as choosing a theme from another country.
Oktoberfest has a long-standing tradition that has left the homeland and moved across the globe. To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but "die Wies'n", but however you may refer to it celebrating is the key. Good beer, food, friends, family and more special memories to discuss during the next Oktoberfest celebration.
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