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Oktoberfest

As the taps are already open and liquid gold is flowing for the third day now, we think you aught to know about the wonderful Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest is a famous annual Bavarian Beer Festival held in Munich, Germany. With 6.2 million visitors in 2007, it is considered the largest festival in the world. Most famous at this festival, as the name suggest, is the beer. People come from all over the world to drink great quality German beers. And as any beer lover will know, Bavaria has some of the best beers in the world. Strong brewing regulations (on for example products used as ingredients) ensures the highest quality beers as a result. Only water, hops and barley are be used to brew Bavarian beer. Several tents are set up, each associated with a specific brewery (To see the different tents visit http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/navitem/Tents/). As one can expect, more that 6 million liters of beer will be drunk this year. Also famous at the festival are the waitresses known for their charm. Other activities are also available and include eating of traditional foods (like sauges, cheeses and specially prepared meats), parades, competitions, fun fairs, open air concerts and many more minor activities.

This year is the 176th Munich Oktoberfest, running from the 19th of September to the 4th of October 2009. And listen to this: entry to the Oktoberfest is FREE. Price-wise, a “Mass” (one liter beer) will cost between €8,10 and €8,60, and beer will be sold from 10.00 to 22.30 on weekdays, and from 9.00 to 22.30 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Definitely an item worth writing in your “things to do before I die list”. This is one fest one cannot in all one’s right mind regret attending, and seems promising of great memories! If nothing else, go buy some souvenirs to say “been there, done that” (there is anything from a ‘Neckerchief’ to mugs to dirndl-shirts to paper flags to hats and so much more.)

Other interesting comments on the event:

  • “This year, Oktoberfest visitors have also been asked to wash their hands frequently and take precautions to prevent the spread of the swine flu, which has already infected thousands of Germans.
  • Inflation continues to hit the Oktoberfest, with the price of a traditional litre mug of beer rising by up by 30 cents to between €8.10 and €8.60 and the press warned not to film drunken bare-chested revelers.
  • The warning by the organisers has angered the Bavarian journalists’ union, which has alleged “pre-censorship.””

Worth noting:

  • Even though Bavaria has one of the strictess smoking (or is that non-smoking) laws in Europe, smoking in festival tents will be allowed.
  • Oktoberfest.de brought out iPhone applications to make the fest visit easier, more comfy and more fun.

So grab your jacket, get your plane ticket and go have a “lekker” cold beer!! We wish all attending a happy and joyful time.

As per usual we urge our beer-loving readers to enjoy the drink responsibly and to keep the dangers associated with it in mind.

Links:

Official site: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

Galleries: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/navitem/Galleries/

Oktoberfest Program: http://www.muenchen.de/cms/prod2/mde/_en/rubriken/Tourismus/02_Oktoberfest/03_Programme_Opening/program_folder.pdf

Oktoberfest survival guide: http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Oktoberfest/13108/06asurvivalkit.html

iPhone Apps for Oktoberfest: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/article/About+the+Oktoberfest/About+the+Oktoberfest/Great+apps+for+your+iPhone/1357/

 

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Written by Pierre

September 23, 2009 at 12:36 am

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