Oktoberfest, the beer festival Direct to the Paladar


Oktoberfest is the beer festival that has been celebrated every year in Munich since the beginning of the 19th century, although today its popularity has spread throughout the world and is celebrated in many cities at the same time, already as something more commercial than traditional.

The origins

The origins of Oktoberfest date back to 1810, the year in which, on the occasion of the link between Prince Louis I of Bavaria and Teresa of Saxony and Hildburghausen, a great party was held throughout the city, which ended up becoming a tradition that It was repeated every October 12 (although now it begins in September).

At first, the festival focused mainly on the celebration of horse races in a Munich meadow, but it also served for people, dressed in their typical costumes, to present offerings to the royal family in the form of flowers and fruits of the region . The meadow in question is known as Theresienwiese in honor of Princess Teresa.

Oktoberfest today

At present, Oktoberfest has somewhat lost the reasons for its origins, since now more than an offering and a celebration of the royal bond, it is a tribute to beer and the typical gastronomy of the area, although people continue to go dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

The festivities begin on the first Saturday after September 15, with a parade from the city center to the Teresienwiese, with the mayor of the city at the helm and the Wesnwirte (owners of the brewery) showing off their wares in ostentatious full carts. of beer kegs. There is also another parade of traditional costumes the next day, in which approximately 8,000 people participate each year.

In the 42 hectares of the Theresienwiese We can find endless tents in which to taste an almost infinite range of beers --but all from Munich--, as well as various fairground attractions and parades. To give you an idea, there are more than one hundred thousand seats distributed among all the tents, and the attendance each year is around seven million people, which is said soon.

As a curiosity, it should be noted that at Oktoberfest they only serve that comply with the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law of 1516, and a minimum of 6% alcohol, in addition, they must be manufactured within the limits of the city. Among them we find Paulaner-Bräu, Löwenbrüs, Spatenbräu, as well as Staaliches Hofbräu-Munchen, whose tent is usually one of the largest at the fair.

Oktoberfest Directly to the Paladar

As you know, En Directo al Paladar we always sign up for a bombardment, and this year we are going to cheer up with a few Bavarian recipes (and some German), as well as many other German beer tastings, in case you want to celebrate your own Oktoberfest in home, that even the family budget is not enough for a trip to Munich.

Over the next few days, grouped under the Oktoberfest tag, you will find all these recipes, which we hope you will enjoy even if you don't like beer and this traditional Bavarian celebration worries you as much as the Dow Jones index.

Images | Wikimedia Commons and Joe Stump on Flickr En Directo al Paladar | Oktoberfest

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