When you hear the word Oktoberfest you usually think of beer, lederhosen and pretzels. While this celebration does include those three things, it’s history is not as well known because let’s face it, you had us at beer. Any party where we get to drink litre steins and scoff down a schnitty deserves a spot on your calendar and we have all the info you need to get into the true Oktoberfest spirit.
The original event was a celebration of the royal wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Everyone in Munich was invited to eat, drink and be merry in the fields in front of the city gate which, since the original event were names Teresa’s Meadow (Theresienwiese – or for short, Wies’n) The closing of the event saw a horse race and feast and the following year the race was repeated, thus began the rietual of Oktoberfest. It has occurred every year (except in times of war or epidemics) and the uber popular event has taken the world by storm. Now for those of us who don’t live close enough to travel to Europe, never fear! Event organisers and cultural societies have answered our prayers with some very accessible mini celebrations of our own.
BEER – obviously. The rule for oktoberfest is that the beer must come from Munich. So if you see a menu and you can’t pronounce anything, don’t fret. I’ll give you a quick course in the integral consumables.
The 6 breweries that hold the super exclusive Oktoberfestbier trademark are:
- Staatliches Hofbrau-Munchen
FOOD – PRETZELS, SCHNITTYS, SNAGS AND PORK KNUCKLES. All the salty goodness that makes you want to drink more beer.
LEDERHOSEN – If you don’t dress up, you will be ridiculed. It’s probably the only place other than Disneyland where men wear more tights than women.
GIRLS – Dirndls or beer maid dresses and plaits.
BOYS – lederhosen, long socks and hats.
PROST – you need to look everyone in the eye when you toast and say Prost! If you don’t make eye contact before/during drinking, the old superstition is that you will have 7 years of bad luck in the bedroom! I don’t think anyone wants to risk that.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens Sydney – Saturday, 27 October 2018, get tickets here.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens Melbourne – Saturday, 13 October 2018, get tickets here.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens Perth – Saturday, 6 Oct 2018, get tickets here.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens Adelaide – Saturday, 6 October 2018, get tickets here.