By Cristina Restrepo
Oktoberfest is a massive tradition, practiced all over the world nowadays, but how did it really get started?
In 1810, the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig invited all the citizens of Munich to celebrate his marriage to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The party held over 40,000 people and extended for 5 days, yet it was the horse race that stole the event. In the following years, their anniversary celebration became so popular; it joined forces with the state agricultural show.
The horse races that made the event famous have since ceased, with the exception of its bicentennial anniversary in 2010 when the old fashioned races were recreated. But drinking beer, eating pork sausages and spit-roasted chickens has definitely become a trademark in the cultural world scene. Now the festival welcomes over 6 million people every year and is celebrated in every country.
Did you know that to be certified as an Oktoberfest beer you must: Have minimum 6% alcohol and the beer must be brewed within Munich city limits?
In 2005, in the efforts to make Oktoberfest more elderly and family friendly, the tents just played quiet music, until 6PM- after that? Party!!!
If you don’t stop drinking in Oktoberfest until you pass out, you might be called: “Bierleichen” – German for “beer corpses” – perfect nick name!!!
- How many times has Oktoberfest been cancelled in its history?
a) 640 times
b) 24 times
- How much beer was consumed in Munich during Oktoberfest 2010?
a) 7,100,000 liters of beer
b) 3,900,000 liters of beer
c) 950,000 liters of beer
3) How many bratwursts were eaten?
4) There is not a party until something gets lost! How many things vanished?
- The Oktoberfest had being suspended just 24 times in its whole history due to war and cholera.
- Approximately 7,100,000 liters of beer was drunk, of which 151,200 liters were non-alcoholic, and 89,259 liters of wine was consumed as well.
- Chicken: 505,901 units, Bratwurst: 119,302 pairs, among fish, pork knuckles and oxen.
- There is not a party until something gets lost! About 4000 items, such as 260 pairs of glasses, 200 mobile phones, wedding rings, and even 500 crutches.
So if you want to have a hint of what Oktoberfest means, you have plenty of options in Miami. Choose the closest to you and be responsible: don’t drink and drive.