Oktoberfest kicked off in Munich, Germany on September 19th and the biggest beer festival in the world is expected to attract over 6 million people this year. The 16-day festival is full of fun, food, music and of course beer.
The festival includes many attractions like fair rides, games and parades. Guests can get a taste of traditional German food with items like sausages (Würstl), white sausage (Weisswurst) pretzels (Brezens), Sauerkraut, potato pancakes (Reiberdatschi) and much more.
On Sunday, September 27th, the Open-Air Oktoberfest Music will take place on the steps of the Bavaria status. The concert is made up of over 400 musicians as they perform big band open-air concert for all festivalgoers. Each tent has its own band or even multiple bands and the cool thing is, there is no rule on what they can or cannot play. But most of the tents stick to traditional Bavarian music or modern hits. The parades are full of musical instruments like horns and kettledrums.
Around 6.7 millions liters of beer is consumed every year at Oktoberfest and bartenders are known to only take 1.5 seconds to fill a liter of beer. But only a few different kinds of beer are served because the only beer allowed are ones that are brewed within the city limits of Munich. These special beers are Augustiner-Brau, Hacker-Pschorr-Brau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner, Spatenbrau and Staatliches Hofbrau-Munchen.
All guests are encouraged to dress up for the festival in traditional Barvarian clothes or medieval historic outfits. You have to try to attend the opening ceremony because that is where all of the fun starts. This year, the Mayor had the honor of tapping the first barrel and a few people took the challenge and successfully drank beer out of a boot.
Oktoberfest offers not only endless amounts of beer, but traditional German food and music all in a fun and energetic atmosphere.