16 days of beer tents, pints, folk music and festivities around Germany characterises Oktoberfest. As the name implies, this festival runs up to the first Sunday in October and is a celebration of the reunification of Germany, dating back around 200 years and is celebrated by more than 6 million people worldwide.  The festival originated in Munich and involves the consumption of large quantities of beer, as well as several attractions including rides, sidestalls and games, as well as a large selection of traditional Bavarian foods, including Hendi (roast chicken), Sauerktrat (Cabbage), Brezen (pretzels), Scheweinbraten (roast pork) and Kasepaztrie (cheese noodles).


Before the festival officially commences, parades are held with traditional marksmen clubs, beer tent waitresses and landlords, with some locals wearing traditional costumes.

The story of the entry of restauranteurs and breweries into Oktoberfest dates back to 1887 when the then manager, Hans Steyrer first marched from his meadow to he Tegernseer Landstrasse with his staff, a brass band and a load of beer. In its current form, the parade has been going on since 1935, led by Munchner Kindl, followed by the Lord mayor of Munich in the Schottenhammel family carriage since 1950.

Following the parade of restauranteurs and breweries onto the festival grounds, at exactly 12:00, the Lord Mayor opens the first beer barrel in  in the Schottenhammel tent and the Oktoberfest declared officially open. Twelve gunshots are then fired on the stairs of Ruhmeshalle, signalling the restauranteurs to start serving beer, with the first beer traditionally being served to the Bavarian Prime-minister. This particular parade has been a highlight of the festival since 1950 and on the first festival Sunday, 8000 participants march the parade in traditional costumes.


Only beers brewed in Munich and deemed “pure” can be served at Munich Oktoberfests, with 6 breweries conforming to this criteria.

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Published by Annabelle

I, Annabelle Peters, was born in Spelthorne, London's outskirts, to father, Bruce Surrey, London, and mother Evelyn, born in Mozambique, Africa and raised in Goa, India, both places which were under Portuguese rule. My sister Cristobel was born 3 and a half years later, in 1986. At the age of five, we moved to Sydney Australia, where we remained for 25 years. I attended highschool at Brigidine College St Ives, which I graduated from in 2001 and completed my Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney in 2005, followed by the CPA Program in 2008. Growing up, we did a lot of travelling as a family, a trend which has so far continued for the rest of my life. I think the combination of my mixed origins, together with my father's lengthy and successful career in the travel industry have fueled my passion for travel. In July 2015, I made the decision to do what many Australians do: a stint in London, combining international work experience with travelling around Europe. This journey has taken me to many countries and I would love to share this experience with you all.

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