Oktoberfest is kind of a new tradition in Norway – another proof of that the world becomes smaller and that habits and cultural occasions are adapted. Well, don’t misunderstand: even from the Viking period, Norwegians have celebrated harvest and made beer from grain and aquavit from potatoes. Great feasts were held to celebrate the harvest, it’s just that they didn’t call it Oktoberfest.
My company was invited by our copy print provider – NetPrint – and as a party boy, of course I said yes:
The original “Oktoberfest”:
occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810: For the commemoration of their marriage, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race (the marriage took place on October 12; the horse race on October 17 — therefore, there are different dates named as being the first Oktoberfest).
Now it’s known as the Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World. In 1999 there were six and a half million visitors to Theresienwiese – most of them from Bavaria, but also from the surrounding EU countries and non-European countries including the United States, Canada, India, Japan, Brazil and Australia.
They make a lot of efforts and plan this very seriously. To set the right mood, a brass band was playing at the entrance (and I had my mobile phone at hand so I could share the spirit with you of course):
The food is of course true to the Bavarian tradition and so are the server’s costumes:
You might like to have a closer look:
Food: Haxn (knuckle of pork), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Würstl (sausages) and of course Sauerkraut (cabbage). Drinks: Beer and snaps (Bommerlunder).
NetPrint’s staff is very creative. Not only do they make promotional posters and delicate brochures, the also transform their garage into a Beer Hall:
Some of my colleagues and other costumers of NetPrint’s: We all are party boys and girls in an atmosphere like this. My thanks to the host for making this an unforgettable feast!
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