November 14, 2017

Meta: A review of Oktoberfest, a festival around Halloween.

 

While Halloween may be mainly dressing up and hauling candy from all the obligated adults in the neighborhood, then shoving it down our throats at ten million miles an hour just so we can get the worst stomach ache ever and repeat the process again next year – I’m amazed I’ve never had fillings. But not everything around October revolves around Candy, although this time of year certainly seems to be significant for indulgence, what am I hinting to, I’ll give you a hint – it’s in Germany and involves an enormous amount of beer.

This is none other than Oktoberfest, the most glorious beer-loving festival throughout the world. Oktoberfest has its origins in marriage, no less, when the Crown Price Ludwig wed Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in the province of Bavaria, an enormous party was conducted in front of the entrance to Munich.

Initially, there were horse races, however, those were removed by the year 1938, in 1811 someone had the bright idea of adding a produce event to the festival and then finally, in 1818 beer houses were added to the mix along with a host of live entertainment options. The festivals were initially held in October; however, they were moved to the middle of September due to the weather being more agreeable.

Oktoberfest always begins on a Saturday and will always finish on the very first Sunday in October.  For those wondering what kind of foods will be accompanying their endless kegs of beer, mainly traditional German fare, including the likes of potato salad, various sausages otherwise known as wurst, sauerkraut or fermented cabbage and of course, pretzels, well the German version anyway.

Probably the best part of sauntering around to find the best possible food to pair with your German beer is the wide variety of performances on outside and inside the tents, including traditional folk dances, music, and other acts.

Oktoberfest is the most expansive folk-festival in the whole world; here are some statistics to show the gravity of the festival. 7 200 000 people come to experience Oktoberfest on an annual basis, and around 6 900 000 liters of beer are consumed and 169 200 liters of non-alcoholic options. Apparently over 111 000 people have attempted to steal the mugs of their beer when leaving the festival; however, all of these attempts have been stopped by security.

The festival will cover around 4 200 000  while the total tents available tends to be 34, with ten grand and 14 more cozy ones, for smaller groups. The sheer amount of food consumed at the festival is staggering, about 549 899 pieces of chicken will be eaten, 140 225 pieces of pork sausage and 75 456 pork shanks.

The required level of electricity needed to power the event is insane; it is equivalent to the total amount of electricity that a single family of four people would need to power their lives for a minimum of 52 years.

For those wanting to experience the once in a lifetime experience, feel free to visit the Oktoberfest official website. For all your holiday and seasonal information visit SirHoliday and get ready to recharge your festive season excitement!

beer image link:

https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/05/05/19/33/beer-2288121_960_720.jpg

pretzel image link:

https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/06/03/17/19/wiesnbreze-2369132_960_720.jpg

attraction at Oktoberfest

https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/02/15/19/05/oktoberfest-2069584_960_720.jpg

Oktoberfest parade

https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2015/06/24/10/23/oktoberfest-819716_960_720.jpg


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