The 2013 Oktoberfest celebration recently ended back on October 6th. This week the Valley Café will be keeping the spirit alive with an Oktoberfest themed meal!
The Oktoberfest festival is the world’s largest fair held for 16 days from late September to early October in Munich, Germany. More than 6 million people from all around the world attend the event each year to eat traditional German food like Würstl (sausages), Brezen (pretzel) and Sauerkraut and to drink the famous steins of beer in the crowded beer halls. In order to be served at Oktoberfest, the beer much have a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) and be brewed in Munich.
The fair has been held since 1810 when the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12. The event has developed continuously since then, even after having been cancelled 24 times due to epidemics and war. Oktoberfest has become a symbol of the Bavarian culture and an important event for the local Germans who refer to the event as “die Wies’n”, after the name of the fairgrounds.
Oktoberfest showcases German cuisine and culture and the Valley Café menu for October 21st will as well. But I also believe the event is a celebration of many cultures coming together, enjoying each other’s company and sharing a love for good food and drink.
Oktoberfest 2014 is scheduled to take place from September 20th-October 5th…but for now, enjoy a German meal on us.
Anyone ever been to Oktoberfest? Please feel free to share your experience in a comment.