One of the wonderful things about living in the United States is that we get to enjoy all the different cultures, foods and festive celebrations of the many nationalities of the peoples who have migrated here and now call the United States their home. This time of year, we tend to turn our attention and taste buds to the German people as we embrace a delightful tradition they call Oktoberfest.
According to Wikipedia, Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day beer festival (you’ve got to love it already) annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Contrary to popular belief, however, this fest runs from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair with over five million people attending each year. One fact I discovered was that only the beers brewed within the city limits of Munich is served at the fest.
This festival originated when Crown Prince Ludwig married on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to the festival held in front of the city gates to celebrate.
With the delicious German fare such as knockwurst, bratwurst and sauerbraten plus the rich and hearty flavor of German beer, who would not enjoy a visit to an Oktoberfest celebration? Have you ever attended such a cultural event? What harvest time celebrations are part of your heritage?