OKTOBERFEST

The Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I. His marriage to Princess Theresa of Sachsen-Hildburghausen was held in Bavaria. On October 17, five days after the marriage, a large festival was held in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the doors leading to Munich. The festivities included horse races that became a custom of the Oktoberfest that lasted until 1938. In 1811 an agricultural fair was added and in 1818 pubs of beer were included along with artists. It became a great tourist attraction and a way for visitors to learn about Bavaria and its people.

Today, the Oktoberfests are held in September because the weather is milder than October. In Barcelona, the festival lasts 16 days, starting on a Saturday in September and always ends on the first Sunday of October, but at Kitty O'Sheas you can enjoy the best imported beer all the year. Outside the beer shops, one will find dances, music, exhibitions and rides, and more German food of all kinds.

And, of course, sauces of beef, chicken, veal or pork, slices of beef, chicken pieces, sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage, onions and, of course, pretzels are among the foods that are enjoyed with one or two of your favorites.

In Munich the horse race ended in 1938, the other events continued through the years with the exception of wartime. In 1887, lederhosen and dirndls became the traditional attire of the attendees. The festival traditionally begins with a parade, starting just before noon. The mayor and other civic leaders are included, followed by the cars, bands and town people of horse-drawn brewers wearing their costumes. The parade ends at the oldest private shop in Oktoberfest, the Schottenhammel store where the mayor opens the first barrel of beer and toasting begins. More than 7,000,000 people attend opening ceremonies.

The six main brewers of Oktoberfest Maerzen beer in Munich can be found in the seven rooms where there is live music throughout the day and night. The six main brewers of Munich are: Hacker-Pschorr, Lowenbrau, Spaten, Hofbrauhaus, Augustiner and Paulaner. The Oktoberfest beer was a golden amber beer with 6 percent alcohol. German hops are added like Hallertau and Tettnang. This Maerzen beer was served at the Crown Prince's wedding in 1810. Then, the Maerzen beers were made in March, washed or cold-stored in caves for 10 to 12 weeks and prepared to be taken in late summer or early fall.

Nowadays the Oktoberfest is international and all cityes celebrates, but Barcelona has something that makes it special, it is the Kitty O'Sheas