Prost, my beer-loving pals! Oktoberfest, the world's grandest beer celebration, has already kicked off its annual extravaganza in Munich, but guess what? The party is far from over!
This German extravaganza is all about clinking steins, swaying to oompah music, and indulging in hearty Bavarian delights. Despite its name, Oktoberfest actually begins in late September and spills over into October. The reason? Better weather conditions in September! Mother Nature clearly supports our beer-drinking endeavours. But before you dive into the festivities, here are five Oktoberfest facts you must know.
1. A Royal Celebration Believe it or not, Oktoberfest started as a grand wedding celebration! Back in 1810, Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The good people of Munich were invited to the party of the century, and the tradition of Oktoberfest was born. Today, it's a 16- to 18-day extravaganza, with people all over the world attending the festivities.
2. The Quintessential Beer Tents
At Oktoberfest, beer isn't just served at any ordinary bar—it's all about the legendary beer tents. These massive, ornate structures are each sponsored by a different Munich brewery and can hold thousands of merry revellers. It's here that you'll find the heart of the festival, with traditional music, hearty food, and, of course, plenty of beer.
3. “Masskrugstemmen” Contest Ever thought beer mugs were too cumbersome? Well, at Oktoberfest, they're weightlifting tools! Each year, the festival hosts the "Masskrugstemmen" contest, where participants must hold a full litre beer mug at arm's length for as long as possible. The winner gets the glory, and the losers get another beer to drown their sorrows.
4. Lederhosen and Dirndls
What's Oktoberfest without some seriously stylish attire? Lederhosen (leather shorts for the gents) and dirndls (bodice dresses for the ladies) are the official uniforms of the festival. So, if you've got 'em, flaunt 'em! And if you don't, well, there's no better time to get an addition to your wardrobe.
5. Oompah and Music Galore
Oktoberfest is a symphony of music, and the oompah bands are the maestros of the party. These spirited musicians set the festive tone with their brass instruments and lively tunes. Get ready to dance, sway, and maybe even yodel to the sounds of the festival.
While Munich is Oktoberfest's home turf, you don't need a plane ticket to enjoy the festivities. Arbor brings a slice of the Munich magic to you with our Hoptoberfest beer.
This Märzen-style lager, steeped in tradition, is a crisp and malty delight. We've added our own twist with a generous late addition of noble hops, making it the perfect balance between rich malts and spicy hops. It's like a sip of Oktoberfest in every glass.
But, wait, there's more, we've curated a special menu that will transport your taste buds to the heart of Bavaria. Savour the salty embrace of pretzels, feast on tender steak Roulade,indulge in the creamy goodness of Bavarian cream cheese and much more. It's a culinary journey that'll complement your experience perfectly.
So,as Oktoberfest rages on in Munich, remember that the spirit of the fest is alive and well at Arbor. Come on down, raise your Hoptoberfest beer, savour our Bavarian delights, and join the global celebration of all things Oktoberfest. Prost! To good times, great beer, and the joy of coming together in the spirit of traditions old and new.