It’s That Time Again… Oktoberfest!
It’s that time of year again. Germans pack their bags and head to Munich, and throughout the rest of the world celebrations are held in honour of the event that is…the infamous Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest began in 1810 as an agricultural show, and beer was only served in 1892. Today, it is a major event that runs for just over two weeks and celebrates the Bavarian culture with food, events, and beer, beer, beer. Now, as lovely as the food, performances and rides are, the main reason we care is alcohol. At less than 9 Euros for a quality 1 litre stein, Oktoberfest gives every beer drinker a reason to go at least once in a lifetime.
However, if you can’t make it to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, there’s no excuse not to celebrate the wonder that is this festival. No matter where you are in the world there are plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations, and this means plenty of beer.
In the United States, Cincinnati, Ohio is the place to fulfil all your Oktoberfest needs without leaving the country. While the smaller celebrations in various other states like Florida and California will still be fun, it won’t be Cincinnati. Alternatively, hop over to Canada for Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest in Ontario where beer celebrations rule over entertainment. Over 1 million people rock up to this festival, so if you’re there just drink you’re seeing 6 of everything and it will almost be like Munich’s Oktoberfest.
If you’re in Asia, have no fear: Hong Kong answers all your Oktoberfest at the end of October with a celebration at the Marco Polo Hotel. While the numbers are fairly small at less than 2,000 people, the celebrations are great: if anyone knows how to drink beer, it’s the Chinese. The Marco Polo Hotel even allows for private functions, where you can hold your very own Oktoberfest. Vietnam also throws a great Oktoberfest celebration in Ho Chi Minh City, with over 10,000 guests downing over 15,000 litres of beer in 2009.
Down under, universities are the way to go when celebrating Oktoberfest. Australian university students know how to party and Oktoberfest at UNSW is the most well-known celebration of beer in Sydney. At $ 30 a pop in 2010, tickets are not the cheapest, but it is most definitely worth it for an incredible night out.
With this, there should be no excuse not to celebrate. Even if you just gather some mates, buy some (German) beer and play some music, Oktoberfest should give you plenty of incentive to eat, drink, and be drunk. So come on: do it for October, and do it for Germany.
By Kelly Teng For Sydney Bars and Function Rooms