Friday, September 25, 2009

OKTOBERFEST IN AMERICA

As September draws to a close, the question is, “Where will you be spending your Oktoberfest?”

Oktoberfest, a 199-year-old Bavarian tradition originating in Munich, Germany, runs for 16 days from mid-September to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the length of the celebration was modified to include German Unity Day, celebrated each year on October 3rd. Should Oktoberfest traditionally end on either the 1st or 2nd of October, the celebration is then extended to end on German Unity Day. This year Oktoberfest runs from September 19th to October 4th and, as we speak, crowds around the world are celebrating this joyous festival honoring the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later to become King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, who were wed October 12, 1810.

Epicurean Family Magazine will be celebrating Oktoberfest this year at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA. Presented with the promise of all the old world charm the Faire is so famous for, we expect this event to knock our lederhosen off. We’ll be back next week with pictures (and recipes) of all the weiner schnitzel, bratwurst, black forest cake, and spaetzle we can lay our hands on.

Drop us a line and let us know where YOU'LL be celebrating Oktoberfest. If the celebration you are attending has its own website, we would love to include it in our growing list of family-friendly food events.

Sources:  www.wikipedia.com and www.britannica.com

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