Ways to make your Oktoberfest Rock!
Oktoberfesting this year? Ways to make your Oktoberfest Rock!
If you're planning an Oktoberfest party this year here are a few handy bits of info to get you started...
What is Oktoberfest? - Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Oktoberfest is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairground.
What colours are associated with the Festival?
Bavarian colours are Blue and White - Dress your venue with plenty of Bunting, perhaps you can also theme your Plates Table Cloths with the same colours.
What to wear?
The standard dress that the men would wear are brown/green hats, checked shirts and a Brown/Green Lederhosen.
Women celebrating Oktoberfest wear a dress called a Dirndl, a traditional outfit from the regions of Bavaria, South Tyrol and Austria. The outfit includes a blouse (usually white) and a bodice on the top and a full skirt that hits around the knees. An apron completes the Dirndl.
What do you do at the Octoberfest?
You drink plenty of Lager in the traditional Stein Bavarian glass and then have a lot of fun. At an Octoberfest you need plenty of Bavarian /Oompah style music - the band should be able to interact with you playing plenty of drinking games and making you sway from side to side.
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What are the most common words I will hear at a Octoberfest?
BIER - Needs no translating
PROST - One of the most important Oktoberfest words, prost is German for ‘cheers’ (and is useful outside Oktoberfest contexts, as well!). You will notice that Oktoberfest visitors like having a toast before drinking, a so-called Prosit. Alternatively, you could also say ‘Zum Wohl’ (‘To your health’).
WEIBWURST - Literally ‘white sausage’. A traditional Bavarian sausage made from finely minced veal and pork bacon, together with spices and herbs. It used to be consumed as a snack between breakfast and lunch and is still predominantly (and sometimes even exclusively) served before noon in many parts of Bavaria. This tradition coined the term Weißwurstfrühstück (white sausage breakfast). Weißwürste are served in a bowl of hot water, traditionally together with sweet mustard, a Brezel, and Weissbier (wheat beer).
MUNCHEN - German for Munich. Munich is the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany behind Berlin and Hamburg. The name of the city derives from the Old High German Munichen, which can be translated as ‘by the monks’ place’.
Food & Drink - Plenty of Bavarian Lager and lots of Bratwurst, Schnitzel and Pretzels
Happy planning - have a great Oktoberfest!