When you think of continental European food, steak and mashed potatoes usually comes to mind, but did you know that the Germans celebrate a food festival in September and October which goes back to the early 19th century called The Oktoberfest?
What is Oktoberfest?
As you guessed it, The Oktoberfest takes place every October in most of Germany’s major cities. Guests wear traditional German clothes like the Leiderhosen, and has been taking place in Germany since 1810! The event runs for two to three weeks, from mid to late September to the first week of October.
The event commemorates the marriage of a German prince in 1810. It was then that King Ludwid married Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities that took place at the front of the city gates as a celebration.
A show was added in 1811 to promote Bavarian agriculture, and became a more prominent and bigger event each subsequent year. The horse races were augmented with tree climbing and other attractions. Then in 1818 carnival booths appeared offering prizes for winning major games.
Oktoberfest is a time of great festivities, beer drinking (something that the Germans love to do), and eating. Indeed, many of Germany’s best breweries are located on the fairgrounds during the festival because this is a time for Germans to enjoy their most favorite drink – beer.
Oktoberfest also features a parade involving Germany’s major breweries, horse parades, music, and festivities. The Lord Mayor then opens one of the beer barrels and has a drink, then Oktoberfest is declared official.
Because Oktoberfest is a festival, guests get to enjoy a parade of floats, and people marching down the streets. People eat traditional German food like bratwurst, schnitzel, and pretzels during this festival. The festival is a time for people to wear traditional German clothing and enjoy themselves.
Oktoberfest is a major European festivity which was originally designed to commemorate a royal German marriage, however it has evolved into a worldwide celebration which six million people attend globally.
Here are Some Image of Oktoberfest Festival-