September 30, 2010
Ever since the first Oktoberfest was
held in 1810, Germans and German emigrants the world over have celebrated the holiday. Back then, the festival marked the wedding of Bavarian royalty, while today it marks the wedding of everyone in attendance with beer. For those of you stuck in America, try our recommendations for a brat-filled taste of the real thing.
OH and Columbus, OH
Dubbed “Zinzinnati” after its high
German population, the Forest City held its first Oktoberfest in 1976. Over thirty years later, it’s the largest in North America, with an annual
attendance of close to 500,000. Down in Columbus, the city constructs an authentic German village to mark the occasion
Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas, NV
Stein-holding contests and raucous sets
from MC Johann are just two of the events that mark the festival in Sin
City. The building itself is a replica of the Munich original, which started brewing beer in 1589.
In keeping with the extravagance of a
top-notch ski resort, the Town of Vail celebrates Oktoberfest in the course of two
long weekends. Attendees gorge themselves in the Bratwurst-Eating Contest or blow
off steam with a boozy game of Keg Bowling.
This city on the plains takes advantage
of its wide-open fields with expansive tents and a Spaten-sponsored wiener dog
race. For those of you feeling more American than German, try playing beer pong with the festival’s mascot.
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Posted by tdbeckwith (Thomas Beckwith)