Say hallo to that time of year again—with gallons of beer (and not just any kind, mind you, but only beers that boast approximately 6% alcohol by volume) amusement rides, a variety of sausages and cheese noodles, the world’s largest funfair known as Oktoberfest is set to begin on September 20th in Munich, Germany.
If you’ve attended before and know all of the ropes, then lucky you. But if you’re set on traveling next year (or you just want to live vicariously through these party natives), be prepared with Marion Kummerow’s The Ultimate Guide to Oktoberfest – Munich Germany Travel Guide. You’ll learn how to make proper reservations (or what to do if you don’t have reservations), what to wear—nothing says “festive,” like dirndls and knee-level leather breeches—and more.
Or if you’re just a beer fan, check out Joshua M. Bernstein’s The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes. Learn how to distinguish between everything from lagers and wheat beers, to IPA’s and international beers. Get a dizzily delicious crash course in the bubbly drink with color photographs and useful vocabulary lessons.
Finally, bring Oktoberfest home to you. With Steffi Barth’s Easy Oktoberfest Recipes, you can whip up such delicacies as Bratwurst with Limburger cheese in no time. Nothing like a great meal of sizzling sausages and plump potato cakes to accompany your drinks.
A little backstory:
For 16 days stretching until the first Sunday of October, this merry festival came to be when King Ludwig I wed Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were then invited to attend the festivities, and horse races marked the close of the celebration (talk about the wedding party of the century). Subsequently, a repeat of horse races the following year spawned the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
Don’t worry if you don’t live in Deutschland, though—this annual party is infectious and other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the Munich event.
With all of this in mind, we hope that your next two weeks will be celebratory and safe.
Bottoms up! Or as the Germans say, Prost!