Germans work hard, but they also know how to relax and have a good time. That’s evidenced by the huge number of festivals, or “fests,” held throughout the year all across the country in Germany. It seems like as soon as one fest season ends, it’s time for a new one to start.
In the summer, there are town festivals and near the end of summer, wine fests are popular, especially along the Rhein River. In fall, there’s Oktoberfest, and then there’s Kirwa. Depending on where in Germany you live, you might be able to find other fall fests like this Apple Fest and this Pumpkin Fest — the biggest in the world!
Before you know it, it’s time for Germany’s Notorious Christmas Markets. These markets aren’t quite the same as fests, but when there’s food and drinking and music, it still feels awfully festive. Another prominant Christmas tradition in Germany is the tradition of Krampus; the horny devil that runs through towns, scaring children into behaving well before Santa visits.
In the spring, Germans celebrate Fasching (similar to Mardi Gras), and small towns and big cities alike hold Easter craft markets. In Munich, you can celebrate Fruhlingsfest (Spring Fest) in the same way you celebrate Oktoberfest; by putting on your trachten, reserving a table in a beer tent, and eating, drinking, and dancing the day away!
Of all these festivals and markets that make Germany so much for to live in, Oktoberfest is by far the most famous. It’s the world’s largest beer festival, and it offers so much more than just beer! Dozens of enormous tents, each with food, beer, and a stage for live entertainment, fill the festplatz.
And fest food isn’t just brats and beer. The Oktoberfest tents each have their own theme — and their own full menu! You can order everything from a cafe latte to a liter of beer to drink and you can get a roasted chicken, a pork knuckle, schnitzel, pretzels, grilled fish, and more off of the menus in most fest tents.
Outside of the tents, there are food trucks, fun houses, games, and rides for kids and for adults. There are kiddy rides like child-sized trains and merry-go-rounds, but there are also stomach-testing, adrenaline pumping rides — even roller coasters! — that give adult thrill-seekers a little fun.
“Oktoberfest” is something of a misnomer, because the fest really doesn’t take place in October. In fact, it’s happening right now in Germany! Traditionally, Oktoberfest took place over the last 16 days of September. 7.7 million liters of beer will be served during Oktoberfest in Munich, and more than six million people will flood the Theresienwiese (fest platz) during those few weeks.
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All of the excitement leading up to Oktoberfest was a little bit contagious for me this year, and I wanted it to be contagious for you, too!
I reached out to follow Bavarian expat bloggers Leanna from Economical Excursionists and Jamie from North of Something to see if they wanted to put together an Oktoberfest giveaway for our readers. Since they both agreed, we have an really fun, truly Bavarian Oktoberfest Goodie Box Giveaway just for you!
One lucky reader will win a box from us that’s filled with little goodies from Germany. We’ve got beer mugs, chocolates, a silly apron, and more! Here’s the full list:
One (1) Leiderhosen Apron
Two (2) Authentic Munich Hofbräuhaus beerhall Maß
One (1) Mini Maß filled with local Bavarian gummies
One (1) Satchel printed with the Bavarian Flag
One (1) Package of mini Bavarian Chocolates from local Bavarian chocolatier
One (1) Faux Lebkuchenherzn Necklace made from local Bavarian Chocolates “Gruß vom Oktoberfest” (Translation: Greetings from Oktoberfest)
One (1) I (heart) Germany tissue packet
One (1) Bayern Postcard showing daily life and scenes in beautiful Bavaria
Total estimated retail value: $50 USD.
Here’s a close-up of the chocolates, beer mugs, shopping back, gummies, mini-mug, and tissues!
If this post got you excited about German Oktoberfest, then enter today to win this really fun, very authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest giveaway goodie box from MilliGFunk and my blogging friends Economical Excursionists and North of Something!
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A big THANK YOU from MilliGFunk to My Giveaway Partners,
Economical Excursionists and North of Something!