Written by:Students
Date posted:September 13, 2007
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Munich Oktoberfest – “O’zapft is!”

The famous Oktoberfest is one of the most popular beer festivals all over the world with some six million people attending every year.

Our teachers told us that we should attend the opening ceremony. The Oktoberfest staff and the breweries move through the city with splendidly decorated horses and coaches and traditional dresses. The area where the festival takes place is called the “Theresienwiese”, or “Wiesn” for short.

The festival starts as soon as the first keg of beer is tapped by the Mayor of Munich who then declares: “O’zapft is!”. This is Bavarian and means “It is tapped!”

Beer plays a central role in the festival. A special Oktoberfest beer is brewed for the occasion. It is slightly darker and stronger in both taste and alcohol and is served in a one-liter-tankard called “Ma├č”. All major local breweries pitch their own beer tent, on the Theresienwiese, where they serve their own beer.

Besides beer there is also a lot of traditional food available like chicken, which they call “Hendl” or sausages or “Sauerkraut”. While drinking and eating you can enjoy live music and you can even dance on the ale-bench… The beer tents are large enough for thousands of people.

I eagerly await the beginning of the “Wiesn”. I will go together with my friends from the school. First we want to visit a beer tent and afterwards to look around to see all the other attractions: roller coasters, chain flyer, Olympia looping and also the more traditional shows such as the old-fashioned merry-go-round “Krinoline” with live music and the “Zugspitze-Railway”. It all sounds like great fun!

Melanie

Comments

  1. Katherine

    Hi

    Please tell me, are there really as many Australians running round on the Oktoberfest? Appartently there are masses of travellers just for this one festival. I myself have not been yet, but one of these days I will have a look for myself.

    Enjoy yourself!

    Posted September 14, 2007 at 9:54 am
  2. Melanie

    Hi Katherine,
    YES!!! There are a lot of Australians, but also all kind of other nations. It is so great to sit at a large table inside a big huge tent and get in contact with the other people sitting there and find out where they come from. Last year I got to know some very nice Mexicans ­čśë YOU HAVE TO GO!

    Posted September 14, 2007 at 11:01 am
  3. Andrea

    Hi Melanie!
    Unfortunately I have never been to the Oktoberfest. I was wondering what you think about German beer and food, or the Bavarian culture in general?

    Posted September 19, 2007 at 12:20 pm
  4. Zoey

    You know what melanie, I’ve never been to Germany, but when I eventually do, I’ll be CERTAIN to go at Oktoberfest time! It sounds awesome!

    Posted February 5, 2008 at 8:33 pm

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