Oktoberfest began in October of 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Bavarians enjoyed the celebration that followed so much that they decided to celebrate the following anniversaries with the same amount of gusto. Oktoberfest is now a huge tradition in Munich. The party lasts about two weeks and lures about 7 million visitors every year. Alpine Village and party loving South Bay residents have been helping to carry on the celebration since1968.
Music, Food and Bier Garten
At Oktoberfest you will experience traditional Bavarian fun, enjoy delicious German meals, and have your thirst quenched by tasty German beers. Authentic German bands Die Merkershauesener Blaskapelle and the Alpine Brass Connection Oom Pah Pah bands will be flying in direct from Deustchland to perform at Oktoberfest. Make sure to have a blast dancing and participating in the chicken dance!
You are sure to be tempted by the smells and taste of genuine Bavarian foods. Try some succulent bratwurst, sausage with sauerkraut, or a flaky savory strudel. Sink your teeth into wiener schnitzel, the national dish of Austria. Or snack on a giant pretzels as big as your head!
The highlight of Oktoberfest is the authentic German Bier and Bier Garten. This year’s Oktoberfest will be featuring brew from Warsteiner Brauerei and Konig Ludwig who are known for brewing some of the best German bier. Warsteiner Brauerei brews a special Warsteiner Oktoberfest Brew that is sold on tap at Alpine village. It has an earthy, forestry taste, is of a golden coppery color and is one of the more refreshing beers. If you prefer a more complex, darker brew try the Konig Ludwig Dunkel Weiss. It starts with the chestnut color and sweet banana smell. You can taste the nutty banana bread flavor with a touch of cloves and a nice bitter finish. Most of the beers sold at Oktoberfest are from Germany but there are also a small number of “regular” beers available.
Ready, Set, Go!
Sunday is family fun day where all ages are welcome to join in the fun. They also have a champagne brunch every Sunday.
Fridays and Saturdays are for the adult crowd and you must be 21 years or older to enter. Designated drivers can purchase special discounted tickets and receive free beverages for their commitment to making sure everyone gets home safely. Taxis are also there to give people a lift home.
Have you been to Alpine Village or Oktoberfest? What was your favorite part?
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