Oktoberfest is a beer festival that started with a marriage ceremony between princess Therese and prince Ludwig in October 1810 in Munich Germany where all townspeople were invited. This ceremony took place on the fields outside Munich’s city gates which was a huge success, after which that field was renamed after the newly wedded couple. Because it was a huge success and everyone that attended loved it, they asked the king to continue it, making it an annual event, which he did, today there’s Octoberfest. Till date, the remnants of that gates are found standing on the field, and it’s called the Wies’n by the people, this is where the largest beer festival on the planet holds annually. This simple wedding ceremony had transformed into a festival where over six million beer lovers from different states, countries, and continents would attend.
It is an 18-day festival attended by different races and locals, there’s a record of over six million liters of Bavarian beer consumed annually at Oktoberfest. Over a million gallon of beer is consumed at the festival each year, it begins when the Mayor of Munich pops open the first barrel. It starts on every second Saturday in September and concludes on every first Sunday in October after German’s reunification day is passed. Each year, there are 13 to 14 main beer tents on Theresienwiese fields serving different types of brews, prepared locally or made and bring in from other countries. Of the 14 main beer tents present on Theresienwiese field, six of them are large enough to provide twelve thousand people with beer daily for the entire 18 days of this festival.
There seemed to be something with the number 6, as only 6 breweries are represented at Oktoberfest, at the end, everyone must have a preferred brewery. From January to June, Theresienwiese grounds are only a public park, but towards June’s end, lots of tents and funfair begin their construction slightly to prepare for the festival. Lots of questions have been raised as to why it’s called Oktoberfest when the celebrations begin in September, an answer is that its first celebration was on 12th October 1810. This was the marriage ceremony that birthed this festival, it lasted for a week, ending with a glamorous horse race on October 17. After such a remarkable experience, after festivities were decided to continue the following years in October before being moved forward to September because of climate changes.
Two years ago, it was recorded that over 7 million people attended the festival that lasted over 3 weeks in Munich Germany. Because of the crowd, it’s difficult to get your preferred beer tent reservation you must have made before it starts. Every tent has its unique system for booking, they can commence the process at different times of the year which makes it irregular. Foreigners or people from different states in Germany have to make reservations in groups of 8-10, but most go to locals who have held tables at Wies’n fields for decades.