In Nairobi we are lucky enough to have our Oktoberfest run a whole month, leaving us with more than enough time to savour all the different styles of beer that the world has to offer.
However, on the off chance that you encounter a wet blanket trying to kill your vibe and grilling you with unnecessary questions like “Do you even know what Oktoberfest is?” We have taken it upon ourselves to give a brief history lesson on the festival; Oktoberfest 101 if you like.
Lesson 1: As of 2010 the tradition of the Oktoberfest turned 200 years old.
Lesson 2: Oktoberfest traditionally started in the third weekend of September and ended on the first Sunday of October.
Lesson 3: Originally, it was a celebration of a royal wedding between King Ludwig 1 who married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. People got invited to a massive party, there were horses at the end of the whole thing, with the decision to repeat the horse races in later years giving rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.
Lesson 4: In 1811, in addition to the aforementioned horse races agricultural shows were held, although in more recent years, the AG show is only held every three years on the southern part of the festival grounds.
Lesson 5: Over the years/centuries, the entertainment offerings at the Oktoberfest have grown to include the beer tents, carousel rides and the roller coasters that people of all ages enjoy today.
Bonus lesson: The festivities which are accompanied by a program of events, whose activities include: the Grand entry of Oktoberfest landlords and breweries, the costume and riflemen’s procession, and a concert involving all the brass bands represented at the “Weisn”, is held on the massive Oktoberfest grounds, and are a cultural feat.
This year you can enjoy the Oktoberfest at a number of venues across Nairobi and still satisfy your need for a meal at eatout.co.ke