You don’t have to be German to appreciate German beer and food! So, you aren’t in Munich. Who cares? You can bring Oktoberfest to you by throwing your very own celebration. Here’s how…
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Oktoberfest: Ein Prost!
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival. The most notable Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany where six of the largest breweries are located. Even though Oktoberfest is known as a drinking celebration, you can make it family oriented. If you want to throw your own Oktoberfest here are some helpful tips!
Throw on your Lederhosen!
Oktoberfest is rich in German tradition. Any Oktoberfest celebration is going to be themed around Germany. Have your waitstaff and bartenders wear the traditional drindl for the ladies or lederhosen for the gentlemen. Have the guys top the lederhosen off with hosentrager (the traditional Bavarian suspenders). Encourage your guests to dress up as well. You can find these outfits at a costume store or through a costumer on GigSalad.
If you want to keep with the Bavarian tradition, rent some tents and hold the festivities outside. Be sure to decorate the place accordingly. Theme the colors around the German flag of black, yellow, and red. You can use table linens of those colors, hang flags around the party, and serve the beer in traditional German steins.
I’m not talking about the oompa-loopas! Oompah is the traditional music you will hear at any Oktoberfest celebration; it consists of marches, and polka & folk music. You can find polka bands and other German entertainment on GigSalad. Another musical idea for your party is to have a strolling accordion player. It puts everybody in the spirit of the festival..
In addition to some fantastic music, be sure to have plenty of entertainers! Some fun options for additional entertainers are stilt walkers and jugglers. If you want to make your event more family friendly, have some activities for the kids like carnival rides and bounce houses.
Märzen, Brats, and so Much More!
Now to the important stuff - beer and food! Find a local brewery to get you some authentic brews. Check before going in, but usually most microbreweries will sell kegs. The traditional Oktoberfest beer is a märzen, but be sure to have a few varieties as well as a bartender with other beverages for those who don’t care for beer.
When it comes to food, I’d recommend a caterer. They can provide the food in the quantities that you need. However, if you choose to make it yourself here are some common, hearty foods you will find at Oktoberfest . The main dish always consists of meat. In Munich they grill up oxen, cows, chickens and more on spits. This is quite time consuming and takes skill to perfect. I’d recommend having plenty of bratwursts, fried chicken, turkey legs, brisket, etc. These hearty dishes are usually served with Bavarian pretzels, sauerkraut, fried potatoes, and strudel for desert.
Oktoberfest is a fun party to throw; however, with alcohol being consumed it’s best to be safe. If you are throwing a large party, it is a good idea to hire some security in case things get out of hand. Be sure to check out GigSalad’s variety of German entertainers, caterers, and more when planning this event. Prost!