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Oktoberfest

Raise your stein and don your lederhosen – it's Oktoberfest! Dive into the brew-haha of fun, food, and frothy merriment! Prost!
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Introduction

Hang on to your lederhosen, as we gear up to celebrate the world-renowned Oktoberfest starting on September 21! This magnificent festival, traced back to 1810 in Munich, Germany, started as a royal wedding celebration that turned into an annual public rejoicing. Over time, it evolved into the most prominent folk festival globally, drawing millions of visitors who revel in the exciting blend of Bavarian music, traditional foods, and of course, the best of German beer! Get ready to hoist your steins high and immerse yourself in this cultural extravaganza! Prost!

History of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Dates

Oktoberfest Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1810</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Oktoberfest Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich as a horse race to celebrate the October 12 wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1819</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Oktoberfest Becomes an Annual Event</div><div class='timeline-text'>After the huge success of the initial celebration, it was decided that the event would be held every year in Munich, thus solidifying Oktoberfest as an annual tradition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1887</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Parade Introduced </div><div class='timeline-text'>A traditional parade featuring horse-drawn beer wagons, performers and traditional Bavarian music is introduced to kick-off Oktoberfest.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Oktoberfest Expands Globally</div><div class='timeline-text'>Oktoberfest celebrations begin to pop up all over the globe, including in cities such as Cincinnati, Ohio and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario that host some of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Germany.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>200th Anniversary</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest was celebrated in Munich, attracting over 6 million visitors from all over the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Oktoberfest

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host an Oktoberfest party</h3><p class='facts-text'>Set up a beer garden in your backyard, complete with checkered tablecloths, Bavarian flags, and wooden picnic tables. Serve traditional Oktoberfest fare like bratwurst, pretzels, and sauerkraut. Don't forget to play traditional German folk music to set the mood.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Take part in a beer tasting</h3><p class='facts-text'>Visit a local brewery or organize a beer tasting at home featuring a variety of German beers. Be sure to include classic Oktoberfest brews like Märzen, Weissbier, and Dunkel.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Get festive with traditional outfits</h3><p class='facts-text'>Embrace the fun of the fest by dressing in traditional Bavarian clothing. Lederhosen for men and Dirndl dresses for women will add to the authenticity of your celebrations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Join a sauerkraut cooking contest</h3><p class='facts-text'>Push your culinary creativity by organizing or joining a sauerkraut cooking contest. See who can come up with the most delicious and innovative sauerkraut dish - from sausages, pies to salads, the possibilities are endless.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Participate in traditional German games</h3><p class='facts-text'>Get physical and have some fun with traditional German games, such as Hammerschlagen, where players compete to hammer a nail into a stump. Another popular game is Masskrugstemmen, a beer stein-holding contest that tests endurance and arm strength.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Oktoberfest

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>A Celebration of Authentic Traditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the best aspects of Oktoberfest is the lively celebration of Bavarian culture and traditions. From dressing in lederhosen and dirndls, dancing to traditional German folk music, to savoring delicious German foods, Oktoberfest gives us all the opportunity to experience the Bavarian way of life at its best.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The Joy of Beer Tasting</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Oktoberfest is a paradise for beer lovers who get to sample a delightful selection of Germany's finest brews. Whether it's Märzen, Weissbier or Dunkel, one can indulge their taste buds in the unique flavors of traditional Oktoberfest beer that has been brewed for centuries.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The Fun of German Games</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Partaking in traditional German games like Hammerschlagen and Masskrugstemmen is not only tremendous fun but also a perfect way to immerse yourself in the Oktoberfest spirit. The friendly competition adds a lively, festive feel to the event and guarantees unique and cherished memories.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts About Oktoberfest Celebrations

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Oktoberfest is Not Originally a Beer Festival</h3><p class='facts-content'>Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest didn't start as a beer fest but was rather a horse race held to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Oktoberfest Celebrations Last 16 to 18 Days</h3><p class='facts-content'>While Oktoberfest traditionally starts in September, it runs for about two to two and a half weeks, ending on the first Sunday of October or on October 3, German Unity Day, whichever is later.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Only Munich's Traditional Breweries can Serve at Oktoberfest</h3><p class='facts-content'>Only breweries within the city limits of Munich – considered traditional Munich breweries – can serve beer at the city's Oktoberfest, and they have to adhere to the Reinheitsgebot or the Bavarian Purity Requirements stipulated in 1487.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There's Much More to Oktoberfest Than Beer</h3><p class='facts-content'>While beer takes center stage, Oktoberfest is also home to various traditional attractions like marching bands, traditional Bavarian musicians, agricultural shows, and traditional riflemen’s parades that add to the festival's rich cultural tapestry.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Oktoberfest is a Huge Economic Boost</h3><p class='facts-content'>Oktoberfest is a major economic event. According to estimates, it contributes over €1 billion to Munich’s economy every year. This includes revenue from beer, food, rides, souvenirs, and accommodations.</p></div></div>

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