The History of Oktoberfest
More than just a great excuse to drink some delicious German beer; listen to German music and dine on some classic German food – the Oktoberfest is a German tradition with a long and rich history. Traditionally beginning in the middle of September and running through the first week of October, Oktoberfest is a German festival that celebrates food, drink and fun!
Oktoberfest originated in Munich Germany on October 12, 1810 in celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The festivities began on October 12th of that year and ended on October 17th. Horse races were held and also marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for all of Bavaria. The following year, the horse races were repeated (and continued for subsequent years) giving rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
In the following years, the celebrations continued each year and eventually the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September. This was done because it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the festivities much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times. And while most of the current day Oktoberfest celebrations take place in September and the last weekend is usually in October, the name remains the same regardless of what month it takes place.
Overall, today Oktoberfest is about getting together with friends and family and having a good time. The 16-day traditional festival in Munich features music, games, amusement rides, beer tents, and a traditional Bavarian fair. Today, the Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor and over six million visitors from all around the world converge on the Oktoberfest each year. And while in the United States, most people are not jetting off to Bavaria for Oktoberfest, there are thousands of Oktoberfest celebrations nationwide, including right here on Long Island!
Bierhaus in Patchogue is a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest! They are an authentic German restaurant in a lively bierhaus setting that features a full menu of classic German dishes including sauerbraten, jagerschnitzel, and signature German sausages including bratwurst, knockwurst, and much more! They also have a huge selection of traditional Hofrbrau beers on tap and a large selection of German beers from the best breweries in Europe in the bottle.
If you are planning on celebrating Oktoberfest this year then make sure you stop into Bierhaus in Patchogue for classic German food, refreshing German beer and an authentic celebration that you will not forget!