On Saturday, 21 September, the iconic Munich “Oktoberfest”, the world’s biggest popular festival, will once again open its gates for two weeks. For beer-aficionados worldwide and lovers of all things Bavarian, it is what the Vatican is to Roman Catholics – a place of reverence and destination of pilgrimage.
Held first in Munich 1810 to celebrate the marriage of a Bavarian crownprince, it will, after only a few gap years due to wars and epidemics, now see its 186th edition (https://www.oktoberfest.de/en ). As in previous years, 6 million visitors are expected to spend around 1billion Euro on food, drink, entertainment and Oktoberfest paraphernalia of all sorts. The latter includes Bavarian “Lederhosen” for the gents, and “dirndl” dresses for the ladies. Unbeknownst to most non-Bavarian visitors, these also allow to send coded messages on the bearer’s marital status and availability: (https://www.oktoberfest.de/en/traditional-fashion/tying-a-dirndl-which-side-to-choose). So – when you go to Munich, we advise to keep your eyes pealed!
And for those in Jamaica, who can’t book a last-minute ticket to attend the original – there is always the annual “Oktoberfest” of the Jamaican-German Society, which will take place this year on October 4th at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, and offers a great variety of German specialty beers as well as delicious German foods. For details: (https://www.facebook.com/JamaicanGermanSociety/).