Oktoberfest is the biggest German celebration and happens all around the world. The two biggest events of this festivity happen in Germany and here, in Brazil – more specifically in Blumenau, Santa Catarina. It usually takes place in October, that’s where the name comes from.
But, why and where did this start?
In 1810, when prince Luis married the princess Teresa from Saxe-Hildburghausen, they celebrated their marriage in a public square and all the city was invited. The party was so big and got so famous that they decided to hold it annually at the same place until this day. Nowadays, the visitors to the celebrations exceed 6 million people.
The first Brazilian edition
The first Brazilian edition happened in 1984 in Santa Catarina, at the city of Blumenau. In that year, the city was severely affected by rains and flooding, therefore the business persons along with the city hall had the idea of implementing this festivity in the town, helping the local economy.
The party became a success so big that it still happens until today. The beer is important and gets emphasis because it’s from German origin, and that’s not more memorable than this. But, the beer isn’t the only attraction, the celebration has more attraction and you can check it out on the website and see about the prices.
And what about the food?
The Oktoberfest isn’t just about the beer, you can find a lot of options to eat there. Let’s check some of them:
Currywurst – this a typical germanic food with two sausages with curry cream and french fries.
Eisbein with sauerkraut – sauerkraut is fermented cabbage cream and it’s very famous on Germany. At the festival, you can eat it with pork’s knee.
Lebkuchen – this is a christma’s candy from Europe. There are many options of Lebkuchen, but the most famous one is made with eggs, nuts, honey and spices. But, with so many options, there is only one rule: they never use wheat flour to make it.
Oktoberfest is very democratic. If you want to eat something tradicionaly german, you can easily find it, but, if you want to eat just some french fries or a hamburger, it is also possible. And don’t worry, if you are vegetarian or vegan there are many options for you, too.