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Six Myths About Oktoberfest in Munich


bq(right){clear:none; width: 250px;}. If you’re planning a trip to the site of the original Oktoberfest, well, you’re too late for this year.


bq(left){clear:none; width: 250px;}. As reported by Tina Danze for the Dallas Morning News, there are some definite myths about Oktoberfest, one of which is that it starts in October. Not. In Munich, it actually starts in September and is very nearly over by October. It’s a 16-day festival of beer and food that generally ends on the first weekend in October.


bq(right){clear:none; width: 250px;}. Don’t fear the wurst. There’s much more in the way of food served than kielbasa, knockwurst and various other kinds of sausage. Roast chicken is the most commonly served meat, according to Danze. There’s a veritable plethora of side dishes served: large, soft and salty pretzels and German potato salads are plentiful, plus cabbage, cucumber salad, and more.


bq(left){clear:none; width: 250px;}. There are many varieties of beer served. Well, not quite. Munich law allows only the original six breweries to provide the beer for the Fest: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner, and Spaten.


bq(right){clear:none; width: 250px;}. You’ll be constantly serenaded by oompah bands. Although there are some polka-playing bands that make the rounds, you’ll also hear lots of 70’s and 80’s American pop music. Danze reports that she heard such classics as disco hit ‘I Will Survive,’ as well as rockers from ‘Satisfaction’ to ‘Summer of ‘69’ and country warhorses like ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’ And everyone stands up on table benches and sings along.


bq(left){clear:none; width: 250px;}. It’s an old folks fest. Danze reports that while seniors were much in evidence, Oktoberfest draws a ‘mostly young, hip crowd,’ many of whom dress up in lederhosen for the event.


bq(right){clear:none; width: 250px;}. It’s the most you’ll ever toast. Okay, that one is true. Beer mugs are crashing into one another after nearly every tune. But the glass never chips and the beer’s never spilled, according to Danze. They make their beer mugs with extra thick glass over there for good reason. There’s so much singing and dancing and toasting, she says, that it slows down the consumption of beer. You rarely see any falling-down drunks in the Munich beer tents. Imagine that.