what really happens inside the oktoberfest tent!

by Antonia on October 7, 2012

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I promise that this will be the last Oktoberfest post for this year or maybe ever cause today is the last day to go. I figured that I hadn’t properly shown you pictures of what actually happens at the Theresienwiese…so here we go.

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Two weeks ago I actually made into a tent. You see, the company that I work for has three annual events and one of them is the Oktoberfest. They reserved 100 seats for the employees and everyone got treated to 2 Maß {1 Maß=1 liter} beer and 1/2 of a Wiesn Hendl {roast chicken}. Normally it’s hardly possible to set foot into a tent since they’re limited to 4500-5000 people and there’s thousands of people there every night. So really, I couldn’t decline the offer.

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The Oktoberfest ground, the Theresienwiese, pretty much resembles a huge carnival with mini roller coasters, Merry-go-rounds and lots of other entertainment for young and old. In the middle of it all you’ll find the gigantic “tents” set up by the breweries. It important to note that not any brewery is allowed to set up a tent. They have to fulfill specific criteria and they have to be from Munich! I find it funny that they call them tents since in reality they’re nothing like it. They may have been tents 150 years ago but things have certainly evolved from then. Take a look:

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We went to the Löwenbräu Schützenfestzelt, a very happy place. We arrived at 4.30pm but since our tables were only reserved from 5pm onwards we took a tour of the ground before heading inside.

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It was still pretty empty when we got there but it filled up quickly and things got really fun in no time. For some reason I didn’t actually think I would enjoy the whole Oktoberfest experience since I generally don’t like beer and I’m not a huge partier…I prefer dinner parties and those sorts of festivities but I had a great time. The music the live-band played was not the usual disco-hits but more the Schlager or Hüttengaudimusi {music they play for Après-Ski} so that was a lot more enjoyable for me personally.

Since we had a reserved seating area there were appetizer plates set up for us with some typical German specialties like Obatzda, bread, different meats and of course gigantonourmous Brezen to share. Once everyone had ordered their beers {or apple juice in my case} we dug into the food before the chicken was ordered.

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I posted a video of it all so if you’ve always wanted to know what goes on in the inside of the tents check it out.

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I know I said this before, but I’ll say it again. If you ever get a chance to go to the Oktoberfest then GO!!! If I like it, then you will love it!!!!! And if you’re lucky enough to be let into the tent you’ll love it even more.

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Bec October 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Oh, I just love this food. I love German food – the best bread and sausages out there. I desperately wish I could go back to Oktoberfest as an adult. I remember having giant ‘hot dogs’ essentially, and roasted nuts, giant pieces of what we call chicken schnitzel. Actually schnitzel of any kind was all I ate when I was there. It looks like so much fun! I’m sure you had a great time :)

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Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets October 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Incredible pictures. My dad went a few years ago and had an amazing time.

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