What do you get when you combine bratwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle, perfect fall weather, and lots of beer? Oktoberfest! The world’s largest festival, concluded this weekend in Munich, Germany.
Fortunately, the rest of the world also likes to celebrate the Bavarian way of life. Not only do we enjoy dining on traditional German delicacies, we love German beer. Many breweries now offer their own seasonal Oktoberfest beer to commemorate the arrival of fall. This rich malty lager, amber in color, usually has hints of caramel and toffee. Hops are added for bitterness, and to balance the sweetness of the barley. This style of beer is often referred to as “Marzen,” because the beer is brewed in March, stored cold through the summer, and ready to drink at the arrival in autumn.
Oktoberfest originated with the marriage of a Bavarian prince in October 1810. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities to celebrate the royal event. Horse races marked the close of the event, and gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest. Subsequent years added an Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which grew to beer tents and halls. Today, the Oktoberfest attracts over six million visitors from around the world.
And, what shoes are appropriate for this occasion? Many German designers seem to follow the same philosophy — premium quality, best workmanship, and comfort. That’s what you’ll find in Birkenstock and Josef Seibel’s collections.
posted by Ms. S&C