Since its conception in 1810 and with its significance to Bavarian culture the Oktoberfest understandably has solidified its position within history. The Oktoberfest itself takes place every year on the 17th September in Munich, and concludes on the 3rd October, (which incidentally is also the Day of German unity).
The Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors each year and not just from all over Germany! Infact in the last few years the numbers of tourists from locations such as: America, Canada, Australia and Italy has seen a drastic increase. But what is it about this large folk festival that makes it so famous? Why do so many people travel such vast distances just to take part in this giant party? Perhaps more importantly: How is this celebration planned, organised and constructed in order to ensure that it is a continual success story each year?
Naturally the current political climate within Europe, as well as with the inherent risks associated with the increased risks of terrorist attacks within many European Countries and cities has necessitated an overall increase in the security procedures in place at this years Oktoberfest. For the first time ever in its 200 year history a security fence has been constructed which encapsulates the entire 42 hectar Theresienwiese site. In addition to this, 450 Security personnel are responsible for conducting security checks at the 14 on-site entrances. Alongside this, as a further safeguarding measure all backpacks as well as suitcases with a capacity greater than 3 litres have been banned, finally the overall concentration of CCTV cameras has been increased from 19 to 29. All of these components are co-ordinated from a central response building which houses police, fire and rescue personnel as well as its own dedicated accident and emergency room. All of this is a clear indication that the City of Munich is not willing to take any chances, where security is concerned. To further round this off the Munich Police force have also supplied 600 police officers to further augment the overall security force available for the Oktoberfest. This number is approximately 100 more than the previous year, and reflects the seriousness of the situation.
Despite all of these increased security measures the overall message is that it is hoped that everyone will have a chance to enjoy themselves and have fun, and it should go without saying that a lot of beer will be consumed! However, despite all the beer being served, you can't forget some of the excellent food on offer!
With specialities such as
and many more! One thing you can definitely be assured of is you will definitely find something to suit every taste!
Simply put no! The 6 varieties of beer served at the Oktoberfest have to by law be brewed in Bavaria, this is in keeping with cultural traditions. Moreover, the beers themselves MUST conform to the so called "reinheitsgebot" or "German purity law" and must be of the highest quality, the law itself is the oldest law concerning the purity of Beer and dates back to 1516! The 6 types of beer served are:
The Oktoberfest has an approximate economic worth of around 1.1 Billion Euro with further expenditures amassed from the celebration itself. Many different sectors profit from the Oktoberfest either directly or indirectly, a few examples being
It goes without saying that a great deal of planning and organisation goes into all aspects of the Oktoberfest, from ensuring that all ingredients for the food are delivered in a timely "Just in time" fashion, through to ensuring that the fresh chickens are delivered promptly ready for serving within the on-site tent kitchens, all the way to ensuring that the pumps for the beer are working at optimum condition!
As the event itself has been running so successfully for so many years many trustworthy, reliable partnerships have been created, which are understandably relied upon to ensure a smooth day to day running of the Oktoberfest. Many of these partnerships date back to 2 or 3 generations of families, sometimes even further! As such reputations play an invaluable role. Understandably everyone involved needs to know exactly when a delivery is scheduled to be made, so that they can plan accordingly. After all it goes without saying that German efficiency and Time management are known throughout the world and the Oktoberfest serves as a prime example of this!