Bier! Bier! Bier! Oktoberfestbiere! Goes down like water, but higher than usual alcohol level 😉 Perfect combination to have a great, drunk time.
Oktoberfest, or commonly known as Wiesn, the colloquial name of the fair, lasts 16 days in München between late September and early Oktoberfest. And I think this year, at least 6 million or more people attended from all over the world. Everyone dresses up in traditional Bavarian clothing. Girls wear dirndl, such as the one I wore above in the picture and the guys wear lederhosen (see below).
The action happens in the zelt (tents), where everyone drinks the Oktoberfestbiere, served by the six big name breweries: Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. I went with the Augustiner because that’s what I was first introduced to when I lived in München back in 2011. The alcohol level is definitely stronger than usual so I believe that’s why Oktoberfest food is so heavy and hearty. It makes sense since you have to eat lots of food to absorb the alcohol so you don’t end up shit face. The traditional food served includes:
- Ochsensemmel (Ox meat in bread)
- Half a chicken
- Schweinsbraten (roast pork)
- Haxn (knuckle of pork)
- Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick)
- Würstel (sausages)
- Brezel (Pretzel)
- Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings)
- Käsespätzle (cheese noodles)
- Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes)
- Sauerkraut/Blaukraut (red cabbage)
- Obatzda (Bavarian cheese) – one of the few cheese I can actually eat and it’s pretty good with pretzels!
- Weisswurst (a white sausage)
My friends and I dressed up in our best dirndl and hit the biergartens! The environment is very lively and and massively crowded at times. The whole purpose is to not stick only to your group of friends but to converse with everyone sitting around your bench. Since there are so many people, you will have to share tables anyways unless you made reservations before hand but that costs €€€! There is actually a tent only for German celebrities and big name businessmen but unfortunately, I wasn’t on the V.I.P. list.
So far all of my pictures are pretty clear, right? Because I came to the Wiesn sober. As I drank more and more, my photos became fuzzy, like my vision. After 3 maß (3 litters) of Augustiner bier, I was standing on the benches and table and singing to Bavarian folk songs with the rest of everyone. Before you toast, you say “Prost” and look at everyone directly in the eye. Yes it is important to zee Germans that you look at each of them in the eye when you toast or else rumor has it that you will have seven years of bad sex. You have to drink after toasting, otherwise, why are you even at Oktoberfest?
They sang English songs too so everyone can participate! It doesn’t matter how much you suck at singing or dancing because after a few maß of bier, you will end up dancing on the benches and tables like this: