It’s (almost) that time of year again! October brings football, Halloween fun, and, of course, Oktoberfest. In today’s blog post, let’s explore the history of this epic beer-focused festival as well as a great spot for Central Florida locals to celebrate.
The History of Oktoberfest
Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling fun fair). More than 6 million people from around the world attend the 16- to 18-day event. It is an important part of local culture with the earliest festival being held in 1810. It has also inspired similar festivals around the world, many of which were founded by German immigrants or their descendants.
As a main attraction of the celebration, revelers enjoy large quantities of Oktoberfest beer. For instance, during the festival in 2013, 1.7 million gallons of beer were served! Other attractions include amusement rides, games, and traditional food stands.
Unfortunately, they cancelled the festival in Munich this year due to the ongoing pandemic. In the United States, there are hundreds of large and small festivities held each year, with the largest being Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This year, Central Florida residents can celebrate Oktoberfest with Hollerbach’s at Sanford Civic Center and Streets (a short walk from Willow Tree Cafe) beginning on Friday, October 8th at 6 p.m. and lasting through Sunday, October 10th. This festival honors German food, beer, live music, dance, folk costumes, and gemutlichkeit, meaning good cheer and friendliness. With both free admission and free parking, this open-air event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. There’s no gate, so attendees can come and go as they choose.
New to this year’s event is a craft beer courtyard. Wayne Densch and 3 Daughters will have their Oktoberfest varieties on tap, and Hollerbach’s Kolch will be available on draft as well as in cans at every food station.
To make the most of your time at Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest, we recommend purchasing Hollerbucks in advance. Sold in packs of $30, $60, or $90, you can use them to buy food and beverages at Oktoberfest. You can find menu offerings and pricing here.
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