October Fest: A quick guide on Octoberfest and how to celebrate this beer festival
Yes, autumn offers many wonderful things, such as Halloween, and pumpkin spice, apple picking, harvest season, and more. But the greatest of all is Octoberfest, a German fall celebration that celebrates everyone's favorite things: food, beer, and good times. But, what exactly is Octoberfest and why does it have such a name if it actually takes place in September? No worry as here in this post, Drinkies.ph will give you insight into this October Fest holiday and some recommendations on how to properly say cheers to embrace the spirit.
October Fest: The history full of royalty and romance of Octoberfest
Octoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, takes place every year in Munich, Germany. The Octoberfest tradition began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese on October 12th. Back in that time, all Munich residents were invited to participate in the five-day celebrations held on the fields in front of the city gates. The first Octoberfest featured a horse race as the main activity.
Following that, annual anniversary celebrations were held and they gradually grew larger and more elaborate. During the second year, an agricultural exhibition was introduced. In 1818, a carousel and two swings were installed for the revelers to enjoy the celebration. Furthermore, a wide variety of activities were also added, including tree climbing competitions, mush eating contests, wheelbarrow, sack races, barrel rolling races, and goose chases,.. just to name a few. By the 1870s, mechanical rides had become a popular part of the festival and everyone was all engaged in the event.
However, why does the celebration have such a name if it actually takes place in September? Simply explained, the festival was later extended to September to take advantage of better weather conditions (it was warmer). Today, it lasts for at least 16 days and the last festive day of Octoberfest is the first Sunday in October. The main Octoberfest is hosted on the original meadow, called the Theresienwiese (shortened to the "Wiesn") in honor of Ludwig's wife, which is a short tram ride from the center of Munich.
October Fest in modern days: A no-hold-bars-drinking festival with thousands of tourists from all over the world
October Fest to say cheers to our favorite beer
Today, Octoberfest is a bustling event that offers an endless beer drinking experience. An estimated 7 million people from all over the world visit each year, with the German majority making up 85% of the attendees! You'll see everyone dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes (lederhosen for guys and dirndls for ladies), having a good time, and drinking lots of beer.
The Octoberfest grounds cover a 100-acre swath of land to the west of the city and are still held on the same spot where the original festival was held back in 1810. There are 36 beer tents packed into the grounds so that everyone can have a sit while saying cheers to their favorite beers. The event kicks off with a gun salute and a ceremonial keg tapping by the mayor of the city.
Munich's modern-day October Fest offers beer from six local breweries: Augustiner, Hofbräu, Hacker Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten. These beer breweries are showcased during the event because they follow Germany's beer purity law - Reinheitsgebot, which states that beer must include just four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast. Other Octoberfest festivities across the world may be less stringent in terms of the type of beer provided and everyone are free to choose their beer options to embrace the spirit.
October Fest besides beer drinking
- Live music and funny gameplay
In addition to lots of drinking, the beer tents may feature live brass bands (chosen by each tent proprietor) that perform both modern hits and classic German tunes. Scattered across the tents, visitors will take part in carnival games and rides, including carousels, Ferris wheels, and the “Pendulum of Chaos,” a hybrid swing and slingshot ride with two cabins of eight people swinging in multiple directions.
- Mouthwatering foods
For all foodies out there, October Fest is also a wonderful time to explore the local cuisine. Each of the major beer tents at Munich's Octoberfest has its own menu, much like a restaurant, while some of the smaller tents offer particular items, like fish, baked bread, or cheese. For example, the Hacker-Festhalle tent, which can hold up to 9,000 people, provides meat from a family-owned butchery as well as handmade spaetzle, sausages, pretzels, and cheese.
On almost every menu, you'll find roasted oxtails, grilled pig knuckles, or Bavarian Weißwürste (steamed white veal sausages served with sweet mustard), sauerkraut, and a pretzel or bread roll. Visitors looking for seafood might try the charcoal-fired fish on a stick (Steckerlfi). Smaller appetites can be potato salad or potato soup, and vegans won't go hungry with giant warm, soft pretzels, cheese plates with bread, or one of the various meatless meals provided in each tent. Dampfnudel, a steamed honey-dumpling served with vanilla sauce, apple strudel, and Kaiserschmarrn, a sugared pancake with raisins, are popular desserts. There's also a café tent with its own bakery as well.
For ones who get itchy feet, don’t miss out on other attractions as well. Munich has a range of attractions, including first-rate museums and galleries, a gorgeous town hall, a skyline full of spires and domes, fantastic shopping and nightlife, the lovely Englischer Garten, and, of course, the renowned football club, Bayern Munich.
11 fun facts about October Fest you may not know about
- Participants drank 7.5 million liters of beer in 2019. In 1910, on its 100th birthday, more than 120,000 liters of beer were poured. And that’s about 1,500 bathtubs worth of beer!
- The beers specially brewed for Octoberfest are extra strong. Just one mug of beer that you’ve got in October Fest is equivalent to 8 shots of Schnapps.
- There’s a wine tent in October Fest, which sells Champagne and other sparkling wines in the Weinzelt
- Beer mugs are one of the most popular souvenirs. Many tourists love to take them home. In 2016, more than 130,000 beer mugs were confiscated and taken back to the tent owners.
- Octoberfest is a surprisingly kid-friendly zone. The idea of bringing children to a huge beer festival may sound far out, but the fact is that hundreds of children attend the event each year. And the only reason is that ferries, games, roller coasters, and traditional Bavarian parades are available.
- There is a lost and found center at Octoberfest because alcohol causes participants and things to wander off.
- Locals call the event ‘wiesn’. You’ll probably hear the term ‘Wiesn’ a lot if you attend Octoberfest. And now, you’ll know what exactly it means.
- Only when the mayor announces "O' zapft is" at the opening ceremony on the first day of the festival does the festival officially begin. There is just one spot to see this: the Schottenhamel tent. Here, you'll be able to witness a Bavarian tradition, as the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Octoberfest beer at 12 p.m. When the first barrel of beer is opened, everyone else may pour their beers and Octoberfest can officially begin.
- October Fest has been canceled 24 times. Here in Munich, you can't stop pouring beer! Octoberfest has only been canceled 24 times in its 200-year history. The main reasons were the war and cholera outbreaks.
- Einstein used to work there. The brilliant scientist Albert Einstein once worked as an electrician and helped the tent owner to set up one of the beer tents in 1896.
- Beware of "beer corpses." Someone, or a lot of someones, is sure to have one pint too many over a 16-day beer festival. When someone drops out after drinking too many beers, the locals refer to them as "Bierleichen," or beer corpses. Note that they appear to be everywhere.
Raise your glass from a distance to celebrate October Fest
Following the cancellation of the Wiesn in 2020, the world's largest folk festival is also unable to take place in 2021 due to the pandemic. However, if you’re missing your October Fest or simply making an excuse to have a pint of beer this festive season, Drinkies.ph is here to help. Here at Drinkies, we offer the most appealing promotion of the year, in which you can have P100 OFF on Heineken, Tiger Black, Tiger Crystal 24 bottles or cans with code OCTOBER100. Hesitate no more, let’s dive into these beverages to know why they can ring your October Fest.
- Heineken beer
How about enjoying Heineken, one of the world's most popular pale lagers from the same-named brewery, to celebrate your October Fest? Heineken beers have been a much-loved alcoholic beverage in the Philippines, with many outstanding achievements, thanks to high-quality goods and a full understanding of the local palate.
Heineken is a full-bodied premium lager with a deep golden hue, a slightly bitter flavor, and a well-balanced hop aroma for a crisp, clean finish. This drink is made with only 3 premium ingredients, and they're all natural: hops, barley, and water. The beer's exclusive A-yeast produces a fruity flavor that is essential in creating the Heineken you know and love, and it is filtered out after fermentation.
What’s worth mentioning here is that Heineken is a pale lager with a sharper, bitterer taste than most mass-produced lagers around the world. It's nicely carbonated, pours a straw yellow color, and has very little head or no head to speak of. The beer goes down smoothly when it’s served ice cold.
- ABV: 5%
- Price at Drinkies: ₱1,499 for Heineken 330ML 24 Cans
- Tiger Crystal
If you’re a new drinker but insist on having some glasses of beer to rock your October Fest party, look no further than Tiger beer. Tiger Crystal is a genuine sunshine-style pale lager beer with pale lager malt and a unique hop combination. It has a beautiful fruity fragrance and a subtle taste that any beer enthusiast would like.
Tiger Crystal, unlike the original Tiger Beer, is created utilizing a unique brewing process. It is ice-filtered with world-class brewing technology, resulting in a crystal-cold, extra-smooth beverage that promises to take you to the bustling October Fest’s beer tents. The beer is made with all-natural ingredients and filtered utilizing the unique -1°C crystal cold filtering technique, which preserves and enhances desired tastes and aromas.
- ABV: 4.6%
- Price at Drinkies.ph: ₱1,049 for Tiger Crystal 330ML 24 Bottles
- Tiger Black beer
If you’ve got a chance to attend October Fest and enjoyed the beer there, no question that you can realize how strong the drink is. Here at Drinkies, we offer Tiger Black beer- an excellent alternative with 6.9% ABV. For real drinkers, this beer is exactly what they’re looking for to celebrate Octoberfest.
Tiger Black beer is a black lager brewed with premium Asian black rice. Weighing in at 6.9 percent alcohol by volume—2.3 percent higher than Tiger Crystal and 1.9% higher than Heineken—it’s a bold beer with more complexity than a typical lager. While Tiger Black is bigger and richer than many mainstays, the beverage still manages to be approachable for the average beer drinker.
In comparison to the original Tiger beer, Tiger beer black has only three ingredients: malted barley, water, and hops. The use of 100 percent premium malt seeks to provide a pure taste, a smoother finish, a touch of sweetness, and the greatest freshness.
- ABV: 6.9%
- Price at Drinkies.ph: ₱1,049 for Tiger Black 330ML 24 Bottles
Octoberfest has gained international recognition and status and is celebrated in many areas outside Germany such as the Phillippines, too. For a safe October Fest celebration during this complicated situation, Drinkies.ph is your trusted companion. Quality guarantee asides, Drinkies also serves as a super fast delivery service to bring our chilled beer at your front door in less than 60 minutes.
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