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Today marks the start of the annual Oktoberfest in München!
Here are a few facts about the world’s largest and most popular beer festival.
A brief history of Oktoberfest
So, what’s new at Oktoberfest 2014?
If you’re a regular to the festival, here are some things that are new this year:
Instead of the Kalbskuchl on Wirtsbundenstraße 50, there’s the Kalbsbraterei, whose aim is to serve gourmet food. Their speciality is veal.
Something for the veggies: Anja Kraus’ Wurstbraterei (Schaustellerstraße 50) will serve soya Würstchen (sausages) for the first time ever!
A new tent: The Marstall, the successor to the Hippodrom. It has a horse theme and seats 3,500, with a garden for 900 people.
There are portable mobile phone chargers available to buy. They can be found at the two official Oktoberfest merchandise stalls, and they feature the Oktoberfest logo.
To finish, some Oktoberfest vocabulary!
Because no post would be complete without some vocabulary! Here are a few words and phrases you might hear at Oktoberfest:
OANS, ZWOA, GSUFFA! – “One, two, chug!” As well as a popular phrase amongst drinkers, you will hear this in some songs, too!
BIERLEICHEN – A term for the paralytically drunk. Literally means ‘beer corpses’.
SCHUHPLATTLER TANZ – A traditional Bavarian dance performed at Oktoberfest. Watch the video to see what it looks like.
OZAPFT IS! – “It’s tapped!” This is spoken by the Mayor as he taps the first keg of beer to open the Oktoberfest! That’s exactly what mayor Dieter Reiter did earlier today!
PROST! – “Cheers!” Say this as you clink glasses with each other!
EIN MAß BIER, BITTE – “A litre of beer, please”. A very simple but important phrase. If you say nothing else at Oktoberfest, say this. At least you’ll get your beer. 😉
To everyone who’s there or going this year, ich wünsche euch viel, viel Spaß! Trink ein Bier für mich!