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Since my new metamorphosis blog is all about food and travelling, I have to write about Oktoberfest, celebrated by yours truly in the one place where it should be celebrated – Munich! Side note, I know I am posting this a bit after fact, but I am trying to catch up slowly with all my travelling…

If I was going to embrace Oktoberfest in Bavaria I wanted to do it right, which meant dressing up like the locals do. So I borrowed a vintage dirndl, invested in a nice white blouse and I was ready to go (pic below).

dirndl

dirndl

The next thing to remember is if you want to get a table in any of the many different named tents you have to reserve something like half a year in advance, which we did. With our tickets in hand and 20 friends we set out around 4 PM to meet our festivities well into the night. Now with our tickets (see pic) you get two “Maß” (1 Liter) of freshly brewed Wies’nbier and 15€ to spend on food, which depending on your appetite is plenty.

tickets to fun

tickets to fun

too many beers

too many beers

What I quickly adored was the unionship feeling among the German masses. It was as though everyone was coming together to eat, drink and dance together. We found our long table, sat down and listened to the many traditional Bavarian (and some not-so-Bavarian) songs. Once the first order of beer was taken and served, everyone was eager to cheer and get the festivities started.

The food menu is extensive and filling. We started with some traditional appetizer: smoked sausages, pickles, cheese, radishes, cured meats, pretzels and of course the famous mustard. Once we were all done with that came the real feast! You have many options as a main: such as different sausages with mashed potatoes or a saucy schnitzel with Knödel (dumpling). We ordered what most traditionally should be ordered at such parties, which is a “Hendl”, a savoury rotisserie chicken stuffed with fresh herbs with a side of potatoes. With our bellies full, we were ready to party the night away.

a feast

a feast

People singing songs out loud and dancing on their benches, was a sign of the alcohol working its magic. After one point it just didn’t matter who and what the lyrics were. Everyone wanted to have a good time and we all did until it was time to head out and enjoy the outdoor entertainment area. We walked out of our tent and walked all around the park filled with lights and night rollercoaster rides. Most people were super stoked to get on a coaster – I was not one of those people…

table dancing

table dancing

 

roller coaster delight

roller coaster delight

It was a fun night and I made many friends, many of which were from different parts of Germany! A unification between beer and dressed up humans is what Oktoberfest in Munich is all about! See you next year…

 

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