BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s annual Oktoberfest festival is finally back for this fall after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of Bavaria’s famous beer festival said Thursday.
“Wiesn will take place,” Clemens Baumgaertner told reporters in Munich using local Bavarian slang for Oktoberfest, which refers to the large lawn, or Wiese, where the intense celebrations take place.
He said the popular beer festival in the Bavarian capital would be held without pandemic restrictions from September 17 to October 3 — Germany’s national day.
“It will be as we know it from 2019 and not any other way,” added Baumgaertner.
Oktoberfest, which was first held in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Theresa, has been canceled dozens of times during its 200-year history due to wars and pandemics.
In the years before the coronavirus outbreak, around 6 million revelers visited the festivities annually, many of them dressed in traditional Bavarian garb – the women in Dirndl dresses, the men in Lederhosen or knee-length leather trousers.
Around 487 breweries, restaurants, fish and meat grills, wine sellers and more will be present and opening hours will be even longer than in the past, with the first beer tents opening at 9am and closing at 10 :30 p.m. Last orders will be taken at 9:30pm
A one-liter mug of beer will cost between 12.60 and 13.80 euros ($12.84-14.07) this year, an increase of about 15 percent compared to 2019, according to the official Oktoberfest homepage.
Typical Bavarian dishes sold at Oktoberfest will include specialties such as the “slaughter plate” with blood and liver sausage and pork belly. roast pork with crispy skin, bread pasta and sauerkraut. slices of roast beef or braised venison ragout with homemade spaetzle pasta.