Friday, September 19, 2008
The 175th Oktoberfest takes place this year, September 20th - October 5th.
Oktoberfest started as a wedding celebration party. Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, who was later crowned King Ludwig I, wanted the people of Munich to share in the celebration of his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. He organized a horse race, offered copious amounts of beer and food, and invited all the people of Munich.Over time, the length of the festival was increased and the date moved backward because of the great weather at the end of September in Bavaria.
Six Munich breweries, Löwenbräu, Spaten, Augustiner, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, brew a special beer just for the Oktoberfest. The beer, Wiesnbier is slightly darker and stronger than a normal Pils. It is served in a one-liter-tankard, ein Mass.
30% of the year's production of beer by Munich breweries will be consumed in the two weeks of Oktoberfest.
This Wiesn-Dictionary should be a great help to those that attend.