Oktoberfest is a 16-day beer festival that is held annually in Munich Germany. The event has been celebrated in Germany since 1810. It started that year as a prenuptial festivity for a royal wedding and it was so popular an event, it was recreated every year after, always starting in September and ending in October. Oktoberfest is not only one of the most famous events in Germany, it is one of the world’s largest festivals, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.
In 1999 there were six and a half million visitors – 72% are from Bavaria, the rest of from all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and East Asia. Not only is beer flowing but a number of foods are served during the festival including chicken, ham hocks, sausages, bratwurst, weisswurst and others. For more information about the historical Oktoberfest in Germany you can go to wikipedia.
If you can’t get to Germany, and many of us cannot, there are some great US Oktoberfest celebrations as well. Given that about 20 percent of Americans claim to have some German ancestry, it has become a very popular event in many cities in the US.
In Wisconsin there are numerous cities that enjoy day long Oktoberfest festivals with lots of beer, bratwurst, knockwurst and weisswurst. German heritage in Wisconsin is very prominent throughout these cities and it is definitely a must-attend festivity for beer and bratwurst lovers. Below are just a few of the cities in Wisconsin that yearly celebrate their German heritage by hosting this beer loving event.
Appleton – Sept 27 and 28
New Glarus – Sept 27 – 29.
Chippewa Falls – Sept 20 – 22.
Milwaukee – Sept 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
La Crosse – Sept 27 – October 5