14 Fun Facts About Oktoberfest
Posted on September 2, 2019
The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany in 1810. That’s right – over 200 years ago! The celebration has changed a bit over those years, but the tradition is kept alive both in Munich and in countries all over the world.
Here are some interesting facts about the widely-celebrated event:
- Oktoberfest actually begins in September, despite the name.
- In 2005, Germany introduced the concept of “quiet Oktoberfest” in order to make the celebration amicable for families and elderly folks. This means that only quiet brass music is played until 6:00 PM which significantly reduces the party mentality during the day. Things still get rowdy later in the evening, however!
- At the yearly celebration in Germany, only beer that is brewed within the city limits of Munich is served.
- The traditional Bavarian hats worn by many at the festival are called Tirolerhüte. The more goat hair on a person’s hat, the wealthier they are considered to be!
- In 2013, almost 6.5 million people visited Oktoberfest in Munich, and almost 7 million liters of beer were served.
- There is an official gun salute at the beginning of the festival every year lead by the Mayor of Munich.
- If you want to open a tent or food stall at Oktoberfest in Germany, the waitlist is nearly 20 years long!
- The majority of the beers served at Oktoberfest are 6% alcohol content or above.
- Not a beer drinker? There’s a Weinzelt (wine tent) every year at the festival with 15 types of wine as well as champagne.
- Oktoberfest in Munich has its own post office where attendees and festival-goers send over 120,000 postcards and gifts each year!
- In 2018, at least 5,800 people attending the festival in Germany visited the Red Cross tent to receive medical attention.
- Oktoberfest helps the economy in Germany every year by providing jobs for nearly 13,000 people!
- There are nearly 150 food stands and restaurants at the festival every year.
- Oktoberfest in 2019 will end on October 6 in Germany…and it will be the second and final day of our Oktoberfest celebration here in Carroll County, too!
See you there!
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