Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3

Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3

Monday, March 14, 2011

Oktoberfest Camping Accommodation

The draw of Munich's most famous event is amazing, but in order to enjoy the party to the fullest it is best to plan ahead when thinking about Oktoberfest camping accommodation.

Getting your motorhome safely and of course, efficiently, parked for the autumn event means more time for the stein and less worrying about driving home.

For Bavarian beer is best enjoyed on foot, by all means drive there, but finding a campsite well ahead of time is something well worth thinking about, if you have to pay for a hotel room during the festival be prepared to pay somewhat over the odds. By taking a mobile hotel with you, you'll be saving valuable money to spend on valuable beer, pigs' knuckle, bratwurst and of course sauerkraut - all fine Bavarian dishes designed to keep you on an even keel, rather than keeling over.

From an event that began in 1810 to celebrate Crown Prince Ludwig's, later to become King Ludwig I, marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, there are many places set aside for those who wish to arrive in a motorhome, as well as the expected six million people who visit the two week festival in October.

This many visitors obviously puts a lot of strain on the local infrastructure, so it does make sense to take your own, the road system is brilliant and the organizational skills seen here are impeccable, even so it pays to plan ahead.

In case you're wondering some 70 hectorlitres of beer are consumed, half a million chickens and almost 150,000 pigs.

Ist good ja.

Oktoberfest camping accommodation is best booked in advance. Motorhome rental is available in the UK, if you would like to drive to make a real 'road trip' to the Oktoberfest in Germany: Call free on 0800 612 8719.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Culinary Specialties of Oktoberfest

Different regions boast distinct specialties, particularly when it comes to food. The same goes for the capital city of Bavaria, Germany.

Munich is popular for the weißwürste (weisswurt), white sausages ten to twelve centimeters long and two centimeters thick. They are made from minced veal and fresh bacon, and typically flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onion, ginger and cardamom. Afterwards, the mixture is stuffed into fresh, clean pork casings.

This type of sausage is traditionally eaten as a snack between breakfast and lunch. Prior to the advent of refrigerators, weißwürste would go bad before nightfall because the meat is not smoked. It is often served together with weisswurstsenf (Bavarian sweet mustard), brazen (pretzels) and weißbier (specialty Bavarian beer).

Leberkäse is similar to bologna. It is made by grinding corned beef, pork, bacon and onions and then baking the mixture as a loaf in a bread pan. Bavarian leberkäse are allowed not to contain liver, otherwise there must be a minimum liver content of four percent.

Leberkäse can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Some serve it on a bread roll and season it with mustard. Others cut leberkäse into finger-thick slices, and accompany it with sweet mustard, pretzels or kartoffelsalat (potato salad). Pan-fried variants are served with a friend egg, potato salad and spinach.

Leberknödel (liver dumplings) are usually part of a Pfälzer Teller (Palatinate Plate) together with a slice of baked saumagen (stuffed sow's stomach), sausage, sauerkraut and bread. They can also be served with just the last two.

Well-loved desserts include the apfelstrudel (apple strudel with vanilla sauce), millirahmstrudel (cream cheese strudel), dampfnudeln (yeast dumplings with custard) and auszogene (donut-shaped fried pastry without a hole). The prinzregententorte, a dark chocolate glaze-covered pastry consisting of more than six thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream, is popular as well.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Head to Munich Festival For German Beer Tasting

When people think of Germany as a place to head to for a holiday staying in a youth hostel, there are many things which may spring to mind as ideal ways to pass the time.

From checking out the interesting history of cities such as Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, to sampling the wide range of traditional food on offer before dancing the night away in some of the dance clubs which the country is famous for, there is truly something for every traveller in the nation.

But those who love sampling different types of alcohol could find heading to the city of Munich and staying in a Munich hostel the best way to experience the country, as the metropolis hosts a number of beer festivals.

One of the best beer festivals for tourists to visit is the Strong Beer Festival, which is held every March in Munich.

A world famous festival

The Strong Beer festival is famous the world over and boasts an interesting background and story.

Called Starkbierzeit, the festival is a must see for any Brit choosing a trip to a youth hostel in Germany as part of their summer break or longer travelling plans.

According to legend, the history of the beer event can be traced right back to the time of the Paulaner monks. It is thought that during times of fasting, when the monks were not allowed to consume any food in the day, they brewed extra strong beer to sustain them.

As such, the strong beer which can be drunk at many of Germany's festivals often has an interesting malty flavour and a more distinctive taste than other beers which Brits may have sampled abroad.

When visitors have sampled a pint or two of German beer, they can eat some traditional German food, such as roast chicken - or Brathendl, as well as other snacks including Steckerlfisch - literally fish on a stick.

Traditional cultural activities including stone lifting competitions can also be enjoyed at the beer festival, an event definitely worth visiting on a holiday to Munich.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Worldwide Oktoberfest Celebrations

The largest Ocktoberfest outside Germany is held in Kitcheners-Waterloo, Ontario, around the time of Canadian Thanksgiving. Another large event is held in Cincinnati, Ohio--with over 500,000 visitors during the 2009 Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. The pseudo-Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington holds Oktoberfest during the first two weeks in October yearly. The city of New Braunfels, Texas also holds an Oktoberfest, as does Addison, Texas; Mount Angel, Oregon; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Panama City, Florida; and the Bavarian-reproduction town of Helen, Georgia

A huge Oktoberfest is held in the Brazilian city of Blumenau (more than 600,000 visitors in 2007), and many other Brazilian cities founded by Germans have their own Oktoberfest, such as Santa Cruz do Sul (more than 500,000 visitors in 2007), Rolândia, São José do Cedro, Seara and Itapiranga.

In Argentina, a town called Villa General Belgrano in the Cordoba Province has an Oktoberfest that is well known and the biggest in the country.

Hong Kong has celebrated the Oktoberfest since 1991 and it is organized by the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has celebrated Oktoberfest since 1992 and it is held at the Hotel Equatorial. Not called "Oktoberfest", but very similar in character, is the CannstatterWasen in Stuttgart which starts one week later and is the second largest fair in the world. Smaller beer festivals similar to the Oktoberfest are common in Germany and take place throughout the year in bigger German cities.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Upcoming Ocktoberfest Dates:

Oktoberfest Munich Dates:

2010: September 18 - October 3
2011: September 17 - October 3
2012: September 22 - October 7

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oktoberfest is Coming! Time to Drink Up, Eat Well, And Study German

From September 20 to October 5 of this year, Munich, Germany will once again celebrate Oktoberfest. With the myriad of food and drinks offered during this sixteen-day festival, it's a good idea to learn German to be able to pronounce them.

Oktoberfest will once again be held in Munich, Germany from September 20 thru October 5, 2008. The Oktoberfest is a very valid reason to study German online, if just for the pleasure of actually being able to eloquate the myriad of food and drinks available in the 16-day event.

Food and Delicacies

The numerous kinds of "wurst" (German sausages) are never far behind when you envision Oktoberfest. The frankfurter is the most common sausage, but you will also appreciate the bratwurst (pork, beef, and/or veal), knackwurst (pork or beef with fresh garlic), and bockwurst (pork, lamb, turkey, chicken with salt, paprika, white pepper, chives, and parsley), among other sausages. To avoid making a fool of yourself, learn German in order to eloquate the German names of these delicious sausages.

You'll also have the opportunity to try the many kinds of spatzle, or noodles, the perfect accompaniment to beer. These noodles are made from common ingredients such as salt, eggs, milk, flour, and diverse spices. You should absolutely try the kasespatzle - cheese noodles with fried onions. These are so scrumptious that studying German, if only to show your gratitude, is a must.

You can also sample other German dishes like hendl (roasted chicken), sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), and Apfelpfannenkuchen (apple pancakes). As if these are not sufficient reasons to study German, wait until you get to the beers.

It's All About the Beers and Wines

The Oktoberfest is a festival famous for its wines and beers, perhaps much more than its food, music, and costumes. If you have a fair grasp of the German language, you'll be able to distinguish the plethora of wines and beers offered by the fourteen tents in the Oktoberfest.

You can go for sekt, sparkling wine that's fizzier than most because of high carbon dioxide levels. Go for the Deutscher Sekt, or sekt formulated from Riesling and Pinot black grapes and gris for special occasions.

You can also get intoxicated on German wheat beer. There are numerous types, including the traditional and unfiltered Hefeweizen, Kristallweizen (crystal wheat), Dunkelweizen (dark wheat), and Weizenstarkbier (strong wheat beer), to name a few. Alcohol content is usually higher with darker wheat, and the monikers hint of the alcohol strength, so learn German quickly so you will not confuse them.

Most of all, get drunk on the marzen (pale lager), a specially-brewed Oktoberfestbier. During the Oktoberfest, there are many more kinds of beers and wines available, with as many as 15 wines offered by the Weinzel tent alone.

Obviously, to drink bacchanalian pleasures, eat great food, meet new people, and appreciate Oktoberfest, you need not learn German. Still, if you want to be heard over the Oktoberfest raucous, learning German is a benefit.

Of course, to drink bacchanalian pleasures, eat great food, meet new friends, and enjoy Oktoberfest, you need not learn German. Still, if you want to be heard above the Oktoberfest noise, learning German is a benefit.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Ocktoberfest 2008 Dates

The 175th Annual Ocktoberfest in Munich, Germany will be Held from September 20th - October 5th 2008.

Why does Oktoberfest begin in September you ask ?

Here's the Answer from the Official Oktoberfest Website:

The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.

By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.