Your legitimate excuse to don your lederhosen and eat copious amounts of sauerkraut is finally here: Oktoberfest 2011! The weeks-long festival held in Munich has been celebrating Bavarian culture, food and — vitally — beer.
Origins of Oktoberfest
Since starting in 1810 as Prince Ludwig I’s royal wedding celebration, Oktoberfest has grown to draw over six million visitors each year. And that’s just the festival in Munich, Germany. As Bavarian people and culture spread throughout the world, other celebrations sprouted throughout the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
The largest celebration outside of Germany takes place in Waterloo, Ontario, attracting up to a million thirsty celebrants. In the U.S., you’ll find large festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio and Denver, Colorado. If those aren’t close to you, smaller celebrations dot the globe. In North America, you can find Oktoberfest events in most cities.
Festival-goers will indulge in sampling Bavarian food and culture during the celebrations. If you’re heading to an Oktoberfest nearby, you’ll have the chance to dig into some potato pancakes, pretzels, sauerkraut and bratwurst. The main attraction, though, is the thousands of beers that will be on tap from local brewers in each city.
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