How to Have Oktoberfest at Home
Get creative and bring the Bavarian celebration to your home this year.
So you want to create your own Oktoberfest without going to Germany? Then you are in the right place. Inside this blog we give you a run down on what Oktoberfest is and everything that comes with it. As well as some ideas and inspiration on what to include in your Oktoberfest at home celebration. Have a read and see what you want to take from us to put into your plans ready for the end of September.
What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair) and lasts for just over 2 weeks! Each year the 16 day party attracts over 6 million people. Vistawide say that “1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage, and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens” are consumed during the celebrations. Although Oktoberfest is held in Germany each year the festival is celebrated all around the world.
The History Behind Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest first started in 1810 with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Everyone was invited to celebrate in the fields around the front of the city gates. The festival was loved and talked about by so many that they decided to keep going with it the following year and has been going every year since!
When is Oktoberfest Celebrated?
Oktoberfest is usually celebrated from mid to late September and ends on the first Sunday in October. The celebration usually lasts between 16 and 18 days.
Where is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Germany. But people all around the world host their own Oktoberfest to get involved in the celebrations.
Decorations for an Oktoberfest at Home
What Food Should You Have at Your Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is known for having a range of delicious food so you want to make sure you incorporate that aspect of the festival into your one at home. You can do a small selection of food or go all out with a giant feast. Here are a list of some food perfect for an Oktoberfest at home:
- Bavarian pretzel/hard stick pretzel
- Bratwurst sausages
- German potato salad
- Roasted chicken
- Boiled potatoes
- Apple strudel
- Gingerbread cookies
The Best Beer for Oktoberfest
The best beer for Oktoberfest would be those that come from traditional Munich breweries. There are ones like Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Spatenbräu, Paulaner and Hofbräu. You can find some Oktoberfest beers at Beerhawk and BeerHunter. We also have a blog about the top 10 German beers for Oktoberfest too that you can read through.
What to Wear for Oktoberfest?
What Music Should You Listen to During Oktoberfest?
Of course an Oompah Band is the first thing you think of when you think about music for Oktoberfest. So if you can hire a band great! But if not we would definitely suggest getting together a playlist or a list of songs you want to play to keep your guests entertained. Usually during Oktoberfest you will find a good mix of traditional oompah bands, German songs and a number of popular English songs that you may know too.
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