The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival. It takes place every year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
The festival runs for 16 to 18 days, from mid-September to the first Sunday in October (if the first Sunday in October is the 1st or 2nd, the festival ends on October 3rd). The origin of the Oktoberfest dates back to October 17, 1810 with the celebrations after the wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Nevertheless, before the Oktoberfest was established in 1810, beer festivals were already commonplace, not only in Bavaria but also in the rest of the Germanic world. Their purpose was to destock the brewed beer before the start of the new brewing season. The Oktoberfest is now held in September to take advantage of better weather conditions: the days are warmer and longer.
The festival begins with a parade of thousands of people in traditional costumes. Afterwards, everyone gathers in large tents and drinks beer while listening to German music. More than six million people a year participate in the Oktoberfest, consuming about six million liters of beer annually.
A funfair and eating places are installed there to guarantee the family character of the festival. The historical and modern rides make the Oktoberfest the biggest funfair in the world!
Nowadays, other countries such as Canada, Brazil or France also organize their Oktoberfest… Often imitated, never equalled 😉