Oktoberfest is just around the corner, running from the 19th of September till the 4th of October.
But wait a second, if Oktoberfest actually starts in September why is it called Oktoberfest?
Well it isn’t all just about drinking beer, although it may seem that way! The first Oktoberfest was actually held on October 12th 1810, and was less about beer and more about celebrating a marriage, that of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. In the following years the celebrations were repeated and, later on the festival was prolonged and moved forward to September. But why would they move it? By moving the festivities up it allowed for better weather conditions, because September nights were warmer, thus the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside, and drink more beer!
Locally Oktoberfest is known as Wiesn, shortened from Theresienwiese, named after the Princess Therese.
You many think that any old beer is sold there, but you’re wrong. Special Oktoberfest beer is brewed by six major Munich breweries (Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten and Staatliches Hofbräuhaus).
Have you ever wondered how much beer is actually drunk at Oktoberfest? At last year’s Oktoberfest over 7 million one litre mugs were served! Over 6 million people attended, and probably the funniest thing about Oktoberfest is their lost and found section, last year 4,200 items were lost, mostly IDs, wallets, cell phones and the like, but “what other strange items did people leave behind?” we hear you ask. Well, last year’s attendees lost: dentures, iron balls with chains and engagement rings! We can bet the fiancés were not happy about that!
For those of you who cannot get the time off or simply cannot get to Munich we’ve got the solution! Come down to Flaherty’s Irish Bar from September 19th till October 8th, and we’ll make you feel like you’re in the beer tents! At Flaherty’s Irish Bar we’re offering a range of German delicatessen, German sausage platter served with potato salad and frites for 19€ or try the authentic Oktoberfest burger for 7€. Don’t miss out on our amazing drinks offers, pints of Erdinger only 3.90€, have two and take home a free Oktoberfest mug! And to top it all off, two Jägerbombs for 5€! And remember to dress the part, Lederhosen for the guys and Dirndls for the girls!