The largest beer festival, the Oktoberfest, begins today in Munich. It takes place at the Wiesn just like the past 180 years. The festival will end on October 6th.
If you are interested in seeing the Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, tap the first beer’s barrel and say “O’Zapft is!” (It is tapped), you have to go to the Schottenhamel tent at noon today.
The beer festival is a great place to have a look at the beautiful Bavarian costumes like the Dirndl. The traditional costumes parade will be on Sunday Sept 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
This year the price of 1 liter beer is slightly higher than last year. It will cost between € 9,40 – € 9,85. The largest tent the Hofbräu (including garden) can fit 10,000 seats!
What can you eat at the Wiesn?
You can eat Hendl (grilled chicken), Obazda (Bavarian cheese), Strudl (Bavarian pastry), Brezn (Pretzel) and much more.
2012 Oktoberfest in numbers:
Number of visitors: 6.4 million
Beer served: 7.4 million of 1-liter mugs
Number of roast chickens eaten: 508.958
Number of pork’s sausages (pairs): 115,015
Pork´s knuckles: 58,697
Electrical power consumption: 2,730,083 kilowatt
Natural gas consumption: 220,915 cubic meters
Water consumption: 114,612 cubic meters
Oktoberfest press release
For more information check the Oktoberfest website.