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Document 6955008
First Oktoberfest took place 5
days after their wedding on
October 12, 1810.
King Ludwig I
and Princess
Therese
There was a horse race to celebrate the wedding. 40,000 citizens
of Munich were invited to attend. It was such a success that
they decided to celebrate again in 1811.
The 16-day festival begins with a parade. All of the
featured breweries have elaborate beer wagons that wind
through Munich to the Theresienwiese.
Many of the
Oktoberfest
horses only
work once a
year!
Each brewery arrives
with full barrels of beer
that are then taken into
the tents, tapped,
emptied, and returned to
the wagons.
Ludwig gave Princess Therese a large meadow as a wedding
present; this is where the first horse race took place. Now, the
“meadow” is engulfed by a teeming mass of millions of people
during the 16-day festival.
During the off-season, the
Theresienwiese looks desolate.
Building of the beer tents begins as early as
June and July.
There are 14 major beer tents on the
Theresienwiese. The largest tent seats almost
10,000!
Every time a keg is tapped
in the Löwenbräu tent, the
lion outside roars.
The “tents”
that belong
to the major
breweries
hold up to
10,000
people!
The Lord Mayor must tap the first keg
in the Schottenhamel tent before any
other kegs can be tapped.
When he is
successful
(and he must
do it in 3
strokes of the
mallet), he
exclaims,
“O’Zapft
ist!” which
means “It’s
tapped!”
Ein Mass Bier - One Liter of Beer
Bratwurst,
Sauerkraut,
Kartoffeln und
Brezeln
Bratwurst, Sauerkraut und zwei Bier
Brezeln, ein paar
Würstchen,
Sauerkraut und
ein Bier
Viele Hühner!
Spit-roasted Oxen
STECKERLFISCH – Fish-on-a-stick
Giant pretzels
are a staple of
every
Oktoberfest
diet! They are
served with
mustard and a
Mass in most
tents.
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