When summer draws to an end, it’s time to think about Fall Festivals in Germany. And the BIGGEST Fall Festival is, Oktoberfest. People from all over the world descend on Munich to celebrate this crazy fun event! And… these days, Oktoberfest celebrations are popping up all over the world. Rather than have people searching for any information they need about this celebration of Beer and Gemütlichkeit, I thought it would be easier to put all the Oktoberfest pages in one place and call it All About Oktoberfest. Think of it as a one-stop for Oktoberfest info.
Munich is the home of Oktoberfest. The World famous Festival starts in late September, and just around that time we get these images of a Lederhosen wearing, Beer guzzling, Pretzel eating Man, with his Lusty dirndl wearing Fraulein. This image is only partially true, and doesn’t tell the whole story. So, what IS the Oktoberfest in Germany? And why is it celebrated? And who celebrates?
Germans are notoriously precise with their speech… after all, this is the language that gave us words like Schwangerschaftverhütungsmittel (Pregnancy Preventing Remedy) and and Dudelsack (A bag that makes a doodleing sound aka. Bagpipes)… so it’s incredibly confusing to so many people OUTSIDE Germany that Oktoberfest does not start in October. So, when is Oktoberfest in Munich? In September.
During the Fall months, with the arrival of pumpkin spice comes Octoberfest beers. While they are exceedingly delicious beers, the question remains; what is Oktoberfest Beer? And what makes one beer an O-fest beer and another a seasonal ale? Is it the flavor or is it the Season? And is there a rule for making a beer and Oktoberfest Beer…
A great way to soak up all the German beer you drank out of those liter Steins, is to pair the beer up with some fantastic Oktoberfest FOOD. Yes, they serve food at Oktoberfest! The Traditional foods Oktoberfest tents serve are really good, and hearty enough to tackle any appetite! And don’t think that it’s only Bratwurst being served. You will find Pork dishes, Chicken, Fish, and even Vegetarian options! Most tents have both lunch and dinner Oktoberfest menu, and serve lighter fare mid-day. Some tents even have a children’s menu.
Music is almost as important to Oktoberfest as Beer. (I said ALMOST). So if you are headed to a Fest… or you are hosting your own Party… you can be certain that music, singing and even dancing will be involved. But what sort of music will you hear? These are the TOP Oktoberfest Songs that you will most likely hear (often, several times). Get to know them BEFORE you go… and you can sing along!
Want to sound like a local at the Fest? Brush up on some vocabulary!
Even if you can’t make it to Munich, you can still celebrate! Plan an Oktoberfest Party at home with these fun Theme Party Ideas! All you need is Beer, food music and some fun Oktoberfst party supplies/ decorations to get everyone in the mood!
The Festival is not just about Beer! Remember, it started as a wedding celebration, as an expression of love. So it is only natural that today, symbols of love still exist on the Wiesn in the form of Gingerbread decorated with love notes and cute sayings. But if you aren’t going to be in Munich, where can you buy German Gingerbread hearts? Luckily, these German Oktoberfest cookies are available to order… and you can even get them personalized! Perfect for your own Ofest Party… or maybe as a proposal for your special friend…
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There’s something for everyone! Maifests, Sommerfests, Oktoberfests, Christkindlmarkt, Concerts, and More!!