11 steps to your own Oktoberfest party at home

Oktoberfest, the giant Bavarian beer party in Munich, has kicked off.

It’s been going for an amazing 204 years, and over the next 15 days around six million people will descend on the German city to celebrate the tradition.

If you’re not one of them, here’s everything you’ll need to have your own Oktoberfest party at home.

1. Beer from Munich

This is obviously essential. The only beer you’ll find at the festival is brewed within the city of Munich so get your hands on some of these:

Löwenbräu Urtyp
Hofbräu Original 
Augustinerbräu Lagerbier Hell
Paulaner Lager 
Hacker-Pschorr Weisse 
Spaten Premium

2. Lederhosen for men

Lederhosen are shorts or three-quarter length trousers, a drop-front flap and leather braces with a front cross strap. You can get lovely embroidered ones. Add a white shirt, long socks, boots and a Trachten hat with a tuft of goat hair.

3. Dirndl for women 

The dirndl is an ensemble of a bodice, blouse, and a full-skirt with an apron. Be careful, how you tie your bow signifies your relationship status – left means single, right means taken.

4. The music 

Popular Oktoberfest drinking songs include Ein Prosit, Country Roads and Aserejé.

5. Giant 1 litre glasses

You can buy your own here.

6. The toast

When toasting with your beer-drinking companions, make sure to make eye contact and shout “Prost!” as your glasses clink together.

7. The food

To pace your beer intake you’ll need some Hendl (a half spit-roasted chicken), Haxn (pork knuckles), Steckerfisch (grilled white fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages obviously) and Knoedel (dumplings). Brezel (giant soft pretzels) also make a nice snack.

8. Dance on your kitchen table

9. And do the chicken dance

Don’t cringe, it’s an Oktoberfest tradition.

10. Make lebkuchen

Everyone takes Lebkuchen, or gingerbread necklaces, home with them from Oktoberfest. Here’s how to make your own.

11… And rest


KEYWORDS: Drinking, Germany, Munich


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