Come Autumn and Oktoberfest celebrations will be cropping up all over Canada. It’s come to be known as a beer festival in modern culture that lasts for 16 to 18 days from the period between mid or late September lasting until the first weekend of October.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany started back in the 1800s and was quite unlike the dancing-on-benches festival of today. The very first Oktoberfest was actually the wedding celebration of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese on October 12th, 1810. During that particular celebration, the citizens of Munich were invited to party as well and they just never wanted it to end. The ‘Oktoberfest’ tradition has carried on ever since.
The world’s largest Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Germany but Oktoberfest is also quite popular around the world. The largest Oktoberfest celebration in Western Canada was held this year here, in our city of Edmonton, Alberta from Sept. 22 to Sept. 30. Edmonton’s Ice District was transformed into a ‘Bavarian wonderland’ with a 22,000-square foot tent where visitors could sample traditional German dishes, including schnitzels, sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and strudels provided by local and international chefs. Beer and beverages were provided by Fahr Brewery, Wild Rose Brewery, Blindman Brewing, Troubled Tea and Molson Canadian. The all-ages event included a number of family-friendly activities and live music by a mix of traditional German bands and other entertainers.
Brion & I are acknowledging the tradition with Oktoberfest potato stacks topped with sauerkraut, smoked sausage and beer braised onions. Festive flavor in every bite!