journal by Anthony N

today i was on the computer when i was on the plane heading to Germany; i was e mailing my old friend that moved to Germany about five years ago. she was telling me that Oktoberfest is coming up soon and she was going to take me to see all the great views. she came and picked me up and dropped me off at a very nice hotel. two days after she came and picked me up and we were off to the festival. we finally got there and i could have swore there were at least 10,000 people there. i could smell the great taste of hot sizzling sausage and the really strong smell of beer and big cigars. people were wearing weird leather shorts and the ladies were wearing really ugly dresses. i was the only person that was wearing normal clothes, so i went and bought a pair of ugly leather shorts. we started walking around and we went on the rides we got some food. it was kind of strange how all these people come from miles away to come see Oktoberfest in Munich,Germany. we learned about the history about Oktoberfest and that it was a party for the princes marriage and ended as a huge party/festival.Oktoberfest was canceled at one point due to war. Other great things Oktoberfest had were the music and the entertainment. there were dancers, singer , concerts and lots of other fun stuff. one type of dancing and sing was a polka. it that was really cool because the dancers seemed to dance right at the beat of the music.


Anthony's NOTES

Oktoberfest in Munich When you hear the word "Oktoberfest", it's almost certain that one thing comes to mind... Bavarian Beer! The truth is, there is much more behind-the-scenes information that lurks beneath the countless years of this world-renowned Bavarian tradition.

What to Wear
Practically anything goes, but for an extra layer of fun, consider kitting out like a local. For guys, a pair of Lederhosen leather shorts
For gals, a traditional Dirndl dress

The Munich Oktoberfest - known by the locals as the "Wiesn", is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held in 2009 for the 176th time. It all started when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony - Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were all invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to help celebrate the happy royal event. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition that has now become the Oktoberfest.Last year the Oktoberfest was attended by over 6.2 million visitors, who drank approximately 6.6 million litres of beer and consumed 104 Oxen - mostly in the "beer tents" put up by the traditional Munich breweries. At the foot of the Bavaria statue, the huge Oktoberfest grounds also provide carousels, roller coasters and all the spectacular fun of the fair for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages - PROST!

Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany during late September (and running to early October). It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year, and is an enjoyable event with an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
Oktoberfestbiers are the beers that have been served at the event in Munich since 1818, and are supplied by 6 breweries known as the Big Six: Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr.[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest#cite_note-0|]]] Traditionally Oktoberfestbiers were the lagers of around 5.5 to 6% abv called Märzen - brewed in March and allowed to ferment slowly during the summer months.[2[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest#cite_note-1|]]] Originally these would have been dark lagers, but from 1872 a strong March brewed version of an amber-red Vienna lager made by Josef Sedlmayr became the favourite Oktoberfestbier.
Since the 1970s the type of beer served at the festival has been a pale lager between 5 and 6% abv, and the terms Oktoberfest and Märzen are used by non-Oktoberfest brewers in Germany and the USA to market pale lagers of this strength.[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest#cite_note-2|]]] The color of these lagers may range from pale gold to deep amber, with the darker colours more common in the USA. Hop levels tend not to be distinctive, though some American examples may be firmly hopped. Modern beers sold as Oktoberfest and Märzen in Europe tend not to be too differentiated from other pale lagers of this strength, while older German and American influenced examples will be fairly malty in flavour and inclined to use a range of malts, especially dark malts such as Vienna or Munich.[4[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest#cite_note-3|]]]
The Munich Oktoberfest, traditionally, takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival will go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. The festival is held on an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called d’ Wiesn for short
Visitors also eat huge amounts of food, most of it traditional hearty fare such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (knuckle of pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstel (sausages) along with Brezel (Pretzel)), Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810: For the commemoration of their marriage, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race (the marriage took place on October 12; the horse race on October 17 — therefore, there are different dates named as being the first Oktoberfest).