The annual Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is one of the largest festivals on the planet. This 16-day craft beer-soaked extravaganza attracts about 6 million people from around the world every year to enjoy sudsy libations and classic German dishes like bratwurst and cream puffs. The craft beer and burger enthusiasts at Taps and Apps in Mililani, HI, are huge fans of Oktoberfest and share their favorite traditions and tidbits of information from the storied festival’s incredible history.
4 Fascinating Facts About Oktoberfest
It Started as a Marriage Celebration
The first Oktoberfest occurred in 1810 to celebrate the October marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Saxe-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. Munich citizens were invited to partake in a five-day festival that included a horse race as the main event. Anniversary celebrations followed every October.
It Features Elaborate Amusements
As the festival gained popularity, it featured more attractions and events. For example, swings and a carousel were included at the 1818 festival, and tree climbing, goose chases, and barrel rolling races were added in following years. Mechanical rides were part of the festivities by the late 1870s. Horse races were on the Oktoberfest schedule through 1960.
It Opens at the Oldest Beer Tent
Today’s Oktoberfest still kicks off at the Schottenhamel, the oldest beer tent in Germany. After drawing beer from the festival’s first keg, the mayor of Munich shouts, “It is tapped!” Entry is free for all beer tents, and some are huge and highly detailed, such as a 2,900-seat canopy known for fabulous gourmet food, craft beers, and celebrity appearances.
Many Attendees Wear Traditional Bavarian Clothing
The people who serve huge steins of craft beer in the Oktoberfest tents still wear traditional Bavarian attire. Men wear lederhosen, short leather pants with suspenders and a front cross-strap. Women don a dirndl, which features a laced bodice, gathered blouse, and full skirt with an apron. Traditional garb is available for sale and rent in stores throughout Munich.
Enjoy discussing these and other fascinating bits of Oktoberfest trivia the next time you stop by Taps and Apps, Oahu's favorite brewpub. Try any of their outstanding brews as craft beer flights or pints while enjoying a delectable burger and live music. Call (808) 626-8277 to inquire about table availability and visit their website for information about their beer and food offerings. Check their Facebook page to stay abreast of news from the business.