What exactly is Oktoberfest?

What exactly is Oktoberfest?

As we are approaching the month of September, you will start noticing that many bars, pubs and restaurants are decorated with blue and white pennant banners and even some German flags, streamers, edelweiss decor, and lanterns. These decorations are traditionally associated with Oktoberfest. So what exactly is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is a traditional beer festival and folk celebration that takes place annually in Munich, Germany. It is one of the world's largest and most famous beer festivals, attracting millions of visitors from around the globe. The festival typically runs for about 16 to 18 days, beginning in late September and extending into the first weekend of October. This year, it will start from 16 September through to 3 October. 

The main focus of Oktoberfest is the consumption of beer from the local breweries in Munich. Visitors gather in large beer tents and gardens, where they can enjoy a wide variety of traditional German beers, along with food such as pretzels, sausages, roast chicken, and other Bavarian specialties. The atmosphere is lively and festive, with music, dancing, and traditional Bavarian clothing adding to the vibrant experience. Of course in Singapore, we will be drinking German beer such as Paulaner and Hofbräu. Restaurants in Singapore are also dishing out hearty Bavarian fare such as pork knuckles, and grilled sausages.

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Oktoberfest has a rich history dating back to 1810, when it was originally held to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The event was so successful that it became an annual tradition and gradually evolved into the Oktoberfest we know today.

While the central Oktoberfest celebration takes place in Munich, the concept of Oktoberfest has also inspired similar beer festivals in many other parts of the world. These events often include elements of German culture, food, and beer, and they provide an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate in a festive and convivial atmosphere.

Immense yourself in this tradition, but do drink responsibly. 

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