Touted as the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest in Munich is a grand-scale celebration of Bavarian culture, authentic German food and, of course, great beer. Each year, the festival draws in over six million people from around the world who, together, consume more than 7 million litres of beer.
Of course, there’s more to the event than just perusing the beer tents. Across the fairgrounds, you can find a wealth of fun things to see and do – including theme park rides, food stalls, live musical acts, strongman competitions, souvenir shops, and heaps more.
But these days, Munich isn’t the only place having all the fun…
Local Tradition Gone Global
Due to the popularity of the festival, cities around the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations which closely follow the Munich blueprint. In Australia, we have the annual Oktoberfest in the Gardens, which takes place across the country including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide. Each year, the event pulls a massive crowd, and it’s not uncommon for tickets to sell out.
What can you expect? Simply put, if you can’t make it to Germany, Oktoberfest in the Gardens is the next best thing. You can take your tastebuds on a journey across Europe by sampling a range of delicious imported beer, wine, cider, and spirits. Tuck into some authentic German food like tantalizing Bratwurst, pork knuckles, laugenbrezel (large pretzels), and wood fired flammkuchen. And treat your ears to a unique listening experience by participating in the biggest Silent Disco in Oktoberfest history.
With so much to see and do, it’s clear to see why Oktoberfest has taken the world by storm.
What to Wear at Oktoberfest
Of course, there is one very important part of Oktoberfest that you cannot ignore – the Oktoberfest costumes. Even if you’ve never gone before, you probably know exactly what we’re talking about: men in lederhosen, and women wearing the classic dirndl dress. While it’s not mandatory to dress up, most people do, as it makes the experience a lot more fun and authentic.
Each outfit has their own unique characteristics. For men, lederhosen is made up of five main pieces: combination faux leather suspenders and pants (lederhosen), white (or checkered) collar shirt, Bavarian hat, leather boots (or dress shoes), and knee-high socks. Keep in mind, most online stores don’t include the shoes as part of the costume, so make sure you find a suitable pair before the day.
And for the ladies, the dirndl (pronounced ‘dern-DULL’) dress is made up of three main pieces: a white blouse, a skirt, and an apron. Fortunately, most online stores include all three pieces in the one costume. All you have to do is provide the shoes and, if desired, knee-high socks. You’ll be turning heads in no time!
Better still, since Oktoberfest is so popular, it’s easy and affordable to buy an authentic looking costume in a style, colour, and size that suits you. So, whether you want to keep things traditional, or spice things up by dressing as a sassy beer maiden, the choice is yours.
Best of all? If you shop in Australia, most online stores will ship free of charge if you spend over a certain amount!
Prepare to Have the Time of Your Life
This year Oktoberfest takes place on 19 October, 2019. Whether you plan on attending an official event, or celebrating at your local pub or club, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life.