Which festival revolves around good food, live music & copious amounts of beer?
Here are some fun facts before you get your bavarian experience on this month:
It all started as a marriage celebration! On October 12, 1810 Prince Ludwig said “I do” to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. All citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the royal wedding on the fields in front of the city gates.
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Ironically it is known as Oktoberfest, but the original festival in Munich actually begins in September and ends on the first Sunday of October.
It’s also considered the largest festival in the world with over 6 million visitors per year! It’s no surprise then that each year close to 1.98 million gallons of beer are served. And how about our favorite part? The food! Traditional Oktoberfest foods are pretzels, locally known as brez’n, bratwurst sausage, & schweinshaxe, a pork specialty topped with sauerkraut.
Sadly though, these foods pack on the calories, sodium & fat. The typical desserts aren’t much better either. The yeast dumplings with vanilla sauce have up to 900 calories.
We wont be saying “PROST” to that!