Oktoberfest – Bier, Bier And More Bier!

Official-Oktoberfest-2012-posterThe Munich Oktoberfest in Germany takes place from the 22nd September until the 7th October 2012. The Oktoberfest is essentially a huge annual beer festival with music, performances, fun fairs, German food and of course, lots and lots of beer drinking!

The festival is officially opened on the first day at midday by the Lord Mayor of Munich. He has the honour of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the keg is opened, the public can have a drink of beer. The beer is then served every day for the entire festival. Yes! That’s 16 days of beer drinking!! Apart from the vast amount of beer drinking, there are also family days, rides, carnivals and music. Entry to the event is free to the public although you do have to pay for the beer!

The origins of the festival began in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig the First) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen commemorated their marriage with a great horse race. It wasn’t until 1887 that the large beer tents were brought in for the tens of thousands of festival goers to enjoy. Nowadays, there are literally millions of visitors each year with tourists coming in from the United States, Japan, Brazil and Australia as well as the neighbouring countries in Europe. It has become a world famous event with over 6 million litres of beer drunk every year! Das ist eine menge bier!

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Find out more about the Munich Oktoberfest 2012 . There is even a handy online dictionary on the website for non-Bavarians which will make communicating with the locals that much easier!

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