Ever heard of Europe's biggest and best beer festival?
Well, if you haven't, it takes place in Germany. To be very exact, it takes place in Munich, Bavaria. This year's version will be starting tomorrow, the 16th of September.
Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival with a lot of funfair and merriment. An annual event that brings beer loving tourists from all over the world, it is a 16- to 18-day beer festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend of October, with more than 6 million people in attendance. Bavarian locals often call it the 'Wiesn', after Theresa's Fields Theresienwiese which is the name of the grounds on which the fair takes place. The fair remains till this day a very important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810.
What Happens During The Festival?
Beer. Beer. Beer. And more beer.
With over 30 beer tents, beer lovers are encouraged to reserve tables on these tents and a tent can house more than 9,000 people. For further information on how to reserve beer tents, click on this link.
Apart from the the consumption of beer, visitors also enjoy attractions such as amusement rides and different kinds of games.
There is also a wide variety of traditional foods including Hendl (typical German roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roasted pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish), Reiberdatschi (pancakes made from potato), Würstl (German sausages) along with Brezen (typical German pretzels), Knödel (potato/bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Sauerkraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spicy cheese-butter spread) and Weißwurst (white sausage).
Waitresses can be seen in traditional Bavarian feminine dress called a 'Dirndl' serving beer.
Men are also seen in 'Lederhosen', drinking beer and having fun.
Apart from beer loving tourists, Oktoberfest is known to attract a lot of celebrities. Bayern Munich players and coaching staff and their spouses visit the festival every year. So if you happen to be in Munich tomorrow, which is the first day of Oktoberfest 2017, try to look out for Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and of course, Robert Lewandowski and teammates.