Oktoberfest : Where does it come from?
Oktoberfest, better known as beer fest, is a Bavarian tradition that has been around for over two centuries and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810, after Prince Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Sassonie-Hildburghausen. He invited, 5 days after the wedding, all Munich residents to participate in a royal feast in the fields in front of the city gate. Since that day, this place has been called the Theresienwiese (Meadow of Thérèse) in honor of the princess and the event still takes place on this square.
Today there is nothing princely about this festival which is considered a popular event where excess is the order of the day!
Fun facts :
- 7,000,000 liters (!!!) of beers are sold during the festival.
- Albert Einstein worked for the festival as a tent maker.
- The waiters are able to carry 10 liters of beers in one time.
- The Kitchener-Waterloo Canadian Oktoberfest in Ontario is the second largest in the world after Munich.
The official Oktoberfest may have been canceled due to Covid19, but that won't stop us from celebrating our own Oksoberfest in the comfort of our living room, feasting on piping hot pretzels and cold Sober Carpenter. 😜