Beer festivals around the world

It’s hard to believe that Oktoberfest was originally an alcohol-free event held to celebrate the marriage between King Ludwig I and Princess Therese in Munich. Oktoberfest is now one of the world’s largest beer festivals and has evolved into an international party that involves beer, sausage, sauerkraut, and a fair that includes games and rides. But while Munich is the birthplace of the event, many countries around the world put on an annual show as well. Oktoberfest celebrations have become so popular that they’ve grown far beyond Munich to Ho Chi Minh City, Brazil, Brisbane and towns big and small around the world.

Munich is the home of the original Oktoberfest, where celebrations include concerts, costume parades, dancing, classic Bavarian foods and beer tents. The twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario, have classic German festivities, sausages, pretzels and tons of beer. The Marco Polo German Bier Fest in Hong Kong has been named the longest-running outdoor beer fest on the continent. The Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel's version of Oktoberfest features authentic German foods, activities and plenty of German beer. The United States’ biggest Oktoberfest takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, features German foods, beers and the annual “Running of the Wieners” dachshund race. The organizers of Oktoberfest Vietnam has free-flowing beer in a souvenir German stein, a buffet of traditional Bavarian eats, themed games and a concert by the Gaukis Bavaria band. In Dublin residents and visitors trade their Guinness for Bavarian brews during the annual Oktoberfest celebration. A yodel competition, Bavarian costume wearing, stein lifting contest, and Fliegerlied dances are just a few of the many exciting activities at the festival. Brisbane is the home of Australia’s largest Oktoberfest celebration offering attendees an authentic German celebration. Traditional German food, drinks, Bavarian bands, yodelers, cow bell ringers, fashion shows and tons of other classic German activities will take place throughout the festival. Blumenau, Brazil is the perfect place for a German beer festival, and with visitors enjoying the Oktoberfest entertainment, food and drink each year, there’s no doubt the 30-year-old festival is a success. Argentinians celebrate the National Beer Festival consisting of eleven days of beer, sausages, smoked ribs, parading, costumes and tons of other German food, drink and activities.

Goa too has it's own take on this famous German festival by incorporating a few celebrated elements to the mix. From Goan choriso to the famous locally distilled feni, the festival adds its own twist to this age old German tradition. Live bands featuring an array of Goan and Indian talent bring a sense of excitement and energy to the crowd and the placement of the stalls selling various treats and souvenirs bring an atmosphere of togetherness among people who attend. The festival in Goa makes use of a large selection of specially sourced craft beers and allows new and upcoming breweries in Goa and the rest of India to showcase their brews. Oktoberfest Goa is a blend of German and Goan Tradition that brings friends and family together to experience the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation!

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