The original Oktoberfest is in Munich, Germany. It’s 16-18 days of fun and considered the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Traditionally it runs the last two weeks of September leading to the first Sunday in October. One possible origin of the festival date back to October of 1810 when the country was invited to a party thrown to celebrate the marriage of Kronprinz Ludwig, later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825–1848), to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. This information was gathered from Wikipedia and there is some debate about the exact origins of the festival. What isn’t debatable is that the festival took off and has been repeated (except during WWII) ever since.
Our local Oktoberfest is put on by St. Benedict at the St. Benedict Catholic Church N. Sheppard Street and last 3 days with activities kicking off this Friday at 4 PM.
Non-liquid consumption options include what you’d expect for a German Festival. You’ll find bratwurst, knockwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, wiener schnitzel, and just a plain hot dog for the little ones but it sounds fancy when called a kinderdog.
When it comes to your liquid consumption the focus is beer. Lots and lots of beer. I’ve been to beer festivals with less options. There will be 53 different beers to select. Begin your beer planning by checking out the full list here.
Only official St. Benedict Oktoberfest tickets are accepted for food and drinks at the event. The main ticket booths can be found at the Belmont entrances of Oktoberfest (at Grove, Hanover, and Stuart Avenues), and a small kiosk is located between the Weingarten and the main food tent. The other non-food/drink vendors in the Christkindlmarkt, with the exception of our Oktoberfest Kaufhaus and Lebkuchenherzen booths, will not accept Oktoberfest tickets.
In my excitement about the beer I almost forgot about the second best part of Oktoberfest, the bands. You’ll be able to get down to the chicken dance to your heart’s content. Traditional polka and oompah band will also be entertaining the masses throughout the fest.
Lastly, don’t forget to train your biceps for stein holding contests. See ya at the Fest.