Bringing Oktoberfest to Your Yard: What You Need to Know


Oktoberfest is finally upon us! Everybody knows that a trip to Munich during this time is a must for every bucket list. But, if you can’t make it this year, there’s still good news to be had.

oktoberfest-2For those of us who have gotten a late start, have families to take care of, or just don’t have the funds to fly to Germany, the next few weeks don’t have to be filled with melancholy and sadness. You don’t have to resort to spending your favorite holiday at your local bar, trying to get into whatever Oktoberfest-like event they’re holding either.

Oktoberfest lasts two weeks, so if you want to enjoy the festivities, it’s not too late. Simply hold your own version at your house, it’s much more fun anyways. Plus, as an added bonus, you won’t have to deal with obnoxious strangers ogling the girls in their costumes. All you have to do is call up some of your closest friends and turn your backyard into your own beer tent.

No idea how to get started? This is where we come in – here’s your comprehensive guide to bringing Oktoberfest to a backyard near you:

The Bier

oktoberfest-beerWe can’t talk about Oktoberfest without discussing beer, especially Marzenbier. Not only is this beer delicious, its history is intriguing as well – think early artisans using cold caves to keep their brews cool.

Still, the whole point of having your own party is to drink a ton of beers in a festive atmosphere. Thankfully, there are a great number of solid Oktoberfest beer options to be had in America. Simply do a quick internet search or ask the attendants at your local liquor store for some great options.

The Music
No Oktoberfest is complete without its official song, Ein Prosit. You might have to get some flashcards to learn it but, it isn’t that bad. In fact, you may find that the more beer you drink, the more you’ll love it. You’re also going to want to add some oompah (think polka but with a lot more brass) to your playlist.

The Food
oktoberfest-3Another great aspect of Oktoberfest are the piles of mouthwatering German foods to choose from. Potatoes, sauerkraut, bratwurst, pretzels – it’s all delicious. The best way to provide this experience at home is to simply lay it out buffet-style and let everyone eat at their leisure.

Great considerations include:

  • Bratwursts: Oktoberfest isn’t the same without some brats, so fire up your grill and go for it. Or, if you’re in a lazy mood, simply throw some in a slow cooker (along with a bottle of beer) for a tasty variation.
  • Pretzels: You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a pretzel with your beer. Like pizza and ranch dressing, it’s an unlikely pairing that’s delicious as all get out. Something about the slightly crunchy, salty snack filled with steamy goodness that just hits the right spot when paired with an Oktoberfest beer.
  • German Potato Salad: Forget the traditional American-style potato style fare that you’re used to consuming. The German version is a tangy and warm celebration of yummy goodness.

The Ambiance
Like all good holidays that we’ve somehow managed to make about good food and booze, you might as well dress the part to indulge even more in the festive atmosphere. So, men grab your lederhosen and women put on your dirndl dress, it’s time to party like you’re in Germany!



7 Things You Don’t Know About Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is upon us! So, strap on your lederhosen and jump on the beer wagon. Let’s get into what this behemoth beer festival is all about.

  1. It’s Not in October

oktoberfest-1Let’s get this out of the way real quick. This legendary event actually has a mid-September start. This year, the festival begins on September 17 and ends on October 3rd. Don’t worry, you’ve still got time to celebrate!

  1. It’s Not A Beer Festival

Yes. You heard that right. Oktoberfest is not a beer festival. It’s actually the anniversary celebration of a wedding! When the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig decided to get hitched to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen (now there’s a name) they decided to throw what we would call a block party. So, next time you raise your stein, be sure to make a toast to the lovebirds that made it all possible!

  1. It’s Tapped!

The festival can’t get underway until the master of ceremonies cracks open the first beer. It’s usually accompanied by the proclamation of ‘O’zapft is’ or as we like to say, the it’s tapped!

  1. Drink to Your Health

You’d think a festival where beer is so generously imbibed might not be the best for your health…. However, you’d be wrong. You see, back in the 19th Century, fresh water wasn’t so fresh. And so, in order to avoid cholera, the plague and other, shall we say disagreeable, ailments, the locals took to drinking beer. We believe that to be a much safer, and tastier, alternative! So, drink to your health – or as the locals shout: ‘zum Wohl!’

  1. Soak Up the Beer

oktoberfest-2If you want to last the entire festival, you’re going to need some hearty fare. And Oktoberfest does not disappoint. With traditional offerings from Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Brezn (pretzel), Knodeln (potato or bread dumplings), Wurstl (sausages), and Sauerkraut (pickled red cabbage) you’ll be set for the day. However, your breath won’t, so be sure to bring a stick of gum!

  1. All Ages Allowed

If you happen to be in Bavaria, then don’t be surprised to see families and children roaming the festival. Remember, it’s not just about the beer – even though that’s the only reason we go… While the carnival aspect is a large part of Oktoberfest, it’s also a family friendly extravaganza. You’ll find rollercoasters, games, a Ferris wheel, and traditional Bavarian parades.

  1. Lost and Found

With such a spectacular gathering of inebriated fellows, you’d assume things would get lost. And you’d be right. Every year, over 4000 things are lost and found during the Oktoberfest. From glasses to phones, passports, wallets, jackets and even some oddities: dentures, hearing aids and wedding rings. But don’t fret, the items get stored in Munich’s central lost and found office for six months. After that, well you’re out of luck as they get sold at public auction!

Are You Thirsty Yet?

oktoberfest-3What are you waiting for? Get yourself to Munich and celebrate the Oktoberfest! Or just find your way to the nearest bar and tell them everything you learned about the festival!