Every September in Munich, Germany, crowds gather for one reason: beer. Well, not just beer. Food and music and culture too. Oktoberfest is 16-day folk festival with a long history. Held annually since 1810, it’s an important feature of Bavarian culture and an excellent excuse to party. The festival runs from mid September to the first weekend in October and more than 6 million people from all around the world descend on Munich for its festivities.
Oktoberfest is the wordless largest “volksfest” or beer festival. Throughout the festival, beer is poured and consumed liberally. Visitors to the festival also enjoy delicious Bavarian food such as sausages, grilled ham hock, roast chicken, pretzels, and potato pancakes. There’s music, traditional Bavarian costume, amusement rides and games.
Today, many other cities around the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations in the same style as the Munich festival, though never as big. We recommend hosting your own Oktoberfest party. Pick up some beer, invite over a few friends, and hold a tasting! We recommend these beer choices, now available at the LCBO:
Hacker Pschorr Weisse Bier ($3.40 for 500 mL bottle)
Spaten Original Munich Beer ($2.15 for 500 mL can)
Stiegl Bier ($2.60 for 500 mL can)
Gosser Beer ($2.20 for 500 mL can)
Kaiser Beer ($2.10 for 500 mL can)