The place to beer? There is no doubt about it --- it’s definitely at Munich's Oktoberfest. This is the third year in a row that I have attended Oktoberfest with friends from work. We were there on 1 Oct 2009 to once again renew our acquaintance with the much beloved Bavarian festival, enjoy its festivities, and above all, have a rockin’ good time.
The festival is always full of people at all hours. It offers all types of carnival rides. You can sample an assortment of food and goodies.
But the attraction for most is the beer and the merriment that accompanies the beer drinking. This event should be renamed “Oktobeerfest”, the most famous beer party in the world.
We had reservations at two different fest tents: At the Hippodrom from 1200 to 1500, and at the Hofbrau from 1600 – 2230.
We drank beer, we ate, we drank beer, we sang, we drank beer, we screamed and yelled, we drank beer, we danced, and we drank some more beer. We all had a great time.
It started at the Hippodrom. We had reservations at this place two years ago. This place is a little more laid back than the other fest tents -- the crowd is a bit older and more restrained. The tables had covers, they had special edition beer mugs, and the entire place was nicely decorated. I got there 30 minutes later than the rest of the group. Our reservation placard has already been soiled with chicken and roast pork grease, and drenched with beer suds.
Our group inside the Hippodrom.
Yes, we were all happy inside the Hippodrom.
After about an hour break, we proceeded to the Hofbrau fest tent at 1600. This place has a totally different feel than the Hippodrom --- a bit younger crowd, and wilder and more boisterous.
And lastly, the festival is always full of Bavarian Beauties:
I will post more pictures on my flickr account. I have a few good videos, but I am having problems loading video on this blog and flickr.