Saturday, September 21st, marked the beginning of the largest festival in the world, Oktoberfest! Traditionally, it begins the third weekend in September and lasts until the first Sunday in October. This year, it lasts until October 6th.
The history of Oktoberfest began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig (eventually King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. A large celebration took place outside the city gates of Munich (present day Theresienwises- Wies’n, named after Princess Therese) and concluded with horse racing. The celebration has been repeated every year (save a few interruptions due to war and cholera).
Now, Oktoberfest brings in over 6 million people each year. Horse racing is no longer a part of the festivities, but many events have taken its place. It isn’t just for beer drinkers. In addition to the 14 tents, there are fairgrounds and plenty of activities for all ages. I have never been to Munich during Oktoberfest, but hope to get the opportunity someday.
Here is a round-up of the German recipes I have made so far and a few more will be featured this week: