Oktoberfest NadineBasic Spoken German I
Table of Contents • History of Oktoberfest • Foods and drinks at Oktoberfest • Attractions at Oktoberfest • Statistic’s and Facts • Germany’s Oktoberfest vs. Newport’s Oktoberfest
What is Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest is a traditional, annual autumn beer festival held in Munich, Germany. It is usually celebrated for 16 days. Starts during the last two weeks of September and ends on the first Sunday in October.
The Marriage That Started It All • Started October of 1810 in celebrationof Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, & princess Therese of Saxony –Hildburghausen’s marriage. • Celebrations lasted for five days. • Celebrations concluded with a horse race on the meadow outside of town. • People liked it so much that they decided to have it again each year.
History of Oktoberfest • In 1811 they added the first Agricultural Show. • The horse races are no longer held today, but the Agricultural Show is held every three years. • The beginnings of a fair ground - a carousel and 2 swings - were set up in 1818. • In 1896, the beer stands were replaced by the beer tents and halls. • The festival grounds are now called Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the bride.
The festivities start with the grand entry of Oktoberfest landlords and breweries. Then there’s an Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade. O’Zapft is! The official opening of Oktoberfest is at 12 when the mayor of the city pierces the first keg at the Schottenhamel tent.
Festival Halls Beer stands were replaced by beer tents and beer halls in 1896. There are 14 big tents and some small tents. “Only Munich beer from the efficient and proven traditional Munich breweries which satisfies the Munich purity standards of 1487 and the German purity standards of 1906 may be served.”
Big Beer Tents • Hippodrom • Armbrustschützen – Festhalle • Hofbräu-Festzelt • Hacker – Festzelt • Schottenhamel • Winzerer Fahndl • Schützen – Festzelt • Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke • Weinzelt • Löwenbräu – Festhalle • Bräurosl • Augustiner – Festhalle • Spatenbräu – Festhalle • Fischer - Vroni Each tent has their own “theme” The Schottenhamel tent is the largest tent with 10,000 seats. It is suggested to reserve seats before hand for any of the tents.
Ambrustschützen Oktoberfest crossbrow competition has been held at this tent since 1895. Sits 5,830 people on the inside1,600 people on the outside.The brewery behind this tent is Paulaner. Youtube video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=DTUHQ928mBQ&feature=endscreen
Food & Drinks • Wurst or Sausage with Sauerkraut • Roasted chicken • Potatoes • Pretzels • Rolls • Roasted Ducks • Alcoholic drinks & non-alcoholic drinks • Pork • Kaiserschmarnn • Radish & horse radish • Lebkuchen herzen In 2011 Oktoberfest there were “ 7.9 liters of beer were drunk. Roughly 522.821 chicken, 124.520 pairs of pork sausages and 118 whole oxen and 92 calves roasted on spits were consumed, to mention only some figures.”
Attractions & Fairground There is a wide range of entertainment-businesses, carousels, shooting and throwing galleries. The flea circus, old Russian wheel, Punch-and-Judy-Show. Modern attractions such as roller coasters, bumper cars, water rides, ferris wheel, and swings. Old fashion merry-go-round, “Krinoline”
Statistics & Facts • The most popular song in the beer tents was a draw between “Brenna tuats guat” by Hubert von Goisern and the Toten Hosen’s “Tage wie diese” • 130,000 letters and postcards were sent out of the Oktoberfest post office to around the world • In the lost and found, “apart from 950 passports, 570 wallets, 480 mobile phones, 280 bags, 80 cameras, and 100 pieces of jewerly and watches there were two wedding rings, two license plates, two bugles, a baby monitor, ping-pong paddle, playboy magazine, and a dog.” • About 6 million people from around the world visit this festival • In 2012 the Oktoberfest was celebrated for the 179th time. • 24 Oktoberfests were cancelled due to years during and after the war, and because of cholera epidemics in 1854 and 1873. • People usually dress up in traditional German clothing : Men wear Lederhosen while Women wear a Dirndl.
Munich vs. Newport’s Oktoberfest Newport Munich Takes place over a few weeks. Sells beer that is only made in Munich. 6.2 million visitors. First tapping of the keg (official start of Oktoberfest) is done by the mayor. There is a fairground. • Takes place over two days (a weekend) in October. • Sells German and American brews. • Smaller amount of visitors. • First tapping of the keg is done by a popular member of the community, but not by the mayor. • There is no fair ground.
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