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Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich after 2 year break-Pictorial Report

Written by Aksel Ritenis

Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich after 2 year break-Pictorial Inforgraph

Famous  German beer festival in full swing with no restrictions or mask rules

MUNICH: Oktoberfest, the famed German beer festival that draws millions of visitors from around the world, opened on Saturday in Munich after a two-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is occuring Amid economic pressure, beer prices at the event are about 15% higher than in 2019.

In its 200-year history, the world’s biggest folk festival has been cancelled just 26 times, mostly due to World Wars I and II but also twice because of cholera outbreaks.

The  Oktoberfest is back  after two years of hiatus due to the COVID pandemic and the famed German beer festival in full swing with no restrictions or mask rules!

The last time the festival was held in 2019, the 6.3 million guests drank more than 7.3 million litres of German beer.

 

The Festival will run until Oct 3 .

 

Germans are among Europe’s heaviest beer drinkers, with an annual average consumption of 84 liters in 2021

Revelers in Munich were running in traditional Bavarian clothing early Saturday morning to secure a spot at the first Oktoberfest in two years.

It is the world’s biggest folk festival.

*”Munich Mayor Didier Reiter opened this year’s ceremony with three knocks of a hammer and inserting the tap in the first keg, with the traditional cry of “O’zapft is (it’s tapped).”Reiter then offered the first tankard to Markus Söder, the head of the regional government.

Other traditional events around the Wiesn are also on the program again: the parade of the Wiesnwirte onto the festival grounds, the large procession of traditional costumes and marksmen on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest, the stand-up concert under the Bavaria or the firecracker shooting.

Visitors from across Germany and around the world can enjoy the heavy beer mugs, fat-dripping sausages and pretzels the size of dinner plates at the Munich Oktoberfest until October 3.”

*Quoted  from Deutches Welles

German Beer industry under pressure

With beer reserving a cult status in Germany, Oktoberfest generates around €1.2 billion ($1.2 billion) in income.

But with several economic challenges, the beer industry in Germany is under pressure.

The German Brewers’ Federation DBB on Friday called for help amid skyrocketing energy prices and supply chain disruptions.

“The government must react,” DBB said. “Without speedy state intervention and aid, hundreds of enterprises in the German beverages sector will disappear and thousands will become jobless.”

“The pressure is also reflecting on Oktoberfest visitors, with a 1-liter (2-pint) mug of beer priced between €12.60 and €13.80 — an increase of about 15% compared with 2019.”

Die Schweinshaxe blickt in BayernThe knuckle of pork has a long tradition in Bavaria and is a classic of Bavarian cuisine. It is probably one of the most popular regional specialities and is not only a household name in Germany. Internationally, too, the knuckle of pork is seen as typical German cuisine. The knuckle of pork consists of the leg of the pig, which is surrounded by a thick layer of fat. Before roasting, it is seasoned and left to marinate for one night. It is then roasted in the oven for several hours until it is crispy and spicy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. The consistency of the crust is crucial. It has to be “resch” (crispy) in Bavarian, i.e. it has to crunch when you bite into it. Traditionally, potato salad, bread dumplings or sauerkraut are served with the pork knuckle. These are accompanied by dark sauces, such as beer sauce.

New phase’ of COVID

In 2019, the last time Oktoberfest was held, 6.3 million guests attended the event.

This year, the 187th festival is taking place with no COVID restrictions.

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Aksel Ritenis

Axel is the Editor and Publisher of Connoisseur Magazine "for the Finer Things in Life" and has been the custodian of the magazine for over 10 years and leader of a team of freelance Journalists and Community Members who continue to make it all happen!-Join the Team at Connoisseur Magazine!

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