WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST?
Ein Prosit is German for “cheers”, something you’ll be doing often at a beer drinking festival. Oktoberfest is Germany’s unashamedly boozy beer festival filled with all the stereotypes that you expect of it, but really what is Oktoberfest?
Happy, merry, often beerbelly-sporting, Munich locals, young and old, families and groups of friends and coworkers, singing, cheersing, drinking, dancing and eating together. They love the Oktoberfest, and they don’t mind having us along for the party. Join them on their tables and let the good times flow. Buxom Bavarian babes wearing low-cut dirndls carrying stacks of litre beer glasses at a time, we’ve seen them carry 15 at a time! With a smile. Make sure you tip them. Red-faced oompah bands blasting singalong drinking songs, encouraging the crowd to PROST and drink more, while the assembled sea of revellers squeeze and grind their way onto the dancing tables. They play the same songs every day, but gee they’re great songs.
Glaze eyed, beyond happy tourists clinking glasses with equally stoked locals, arms over shoulders, slurring confirmations of their newly forged drunken best-friendships. Full-time kitchens churning out the best drinking food imaginable, constant streams of perfectly seasoned chickens, gravy-drenched pork, steering wheel sized pretzels, and radishes (radishes?) with the efficiency of a fast-food drive through, but at a quality that would put even the most culinary of grandmas to shame. The beer. Oktoberfest beer is everything you’ve imagined it to be and then some – delicious amber ale served crisp and cold, free from all artificial products and preservatives and served by the litre. And trust us, after one litre even the darkest of moods will be transformed into a fuzzy kaleidoscope of good times after your second you’ll be the best singer and dancer the beer halls have ever seen. Whatever happens after that is anybody’s guess. And that’s just inside the beer halls! Outside these hallowed halls awaits a magical wonderland of skipping and stumbling families and singles, eating and drinking and playing carnival games and testing their stomach on wild rides as impressive as those in any of the world’s theme parks.
It is all this that makes Oktoberfest a party that should sit at the top of your bucket/to-do lists. This is one festival that everyone, even the teetotallers, should do at least once in their lives. And when they do, they should be with Stoke Travel, because nobody has as much Oktoberfest fun as us.