Have you ever dreamt that your wedding would turn into a yearly affair celebrated by people from all over the world? Well, a Bavarian Crown Prince sure made it happened. In 1810, when Prince Ludwig took Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen as his bride, a huge wedding party was thrown to honour their marriage. Merry-making began on the 12th of October and concluded on the 17th with a (likely) fancy horse race, no less. The royal couple had such a blast and decided to make it an annual celebration for their people, and Oktoberfest was born. Talk about the wedding of the century!
As our excitement for the upcoming Oktoberfest builds up, we want to give you something to talk about while enjoying a mug (…or twenty). So “Prost!” to more fun facts coming right up!
“Wies’n”, not “Oktoberfest”
In Bavaria, Oktoberfest is known as “Wies’n” (pronounced “Vizen”) as celebrations were held in the Theresenwiese field (Theresa’s fields). The land was named after the Crown Princess after her marriage but locals eventually shortened it to “Wies’n”.
Thou Shalt Only Drink Munich-Brewed Beer
It is a long tradition that only Munich-brewed beer is allowed at Oktoberfest. Brewed within the city walls of Bavaria’s capital, the “Oktoberfestbier” (Oktoberfest Beer) must come only from large breweries that conform to the Reinheitsgebot. You can find out more about the Reinheitsgebot in our article on German Beer Purity Law.
Oktoberfestbier Makes You Drunk Quicker
We secretly feel that the Munich-brewed-only rule stood strong over the past two centuries so that people have an excuse to get drunk quicker… Dubbed “Märzen”, Oktoberfestbier is brewed in March and left to fermented over summer, making it stronger than typical beers at 6%. Rich malt flavours await us!
With Beer Comes Meat
No festival is complete without food and Oktoberfest is no different. Here comes the staggering amount of meat that fed the stomaches of Oktoberfest party-goers:
- 700,000 roasted chickens
- 127 cows and 59 calves
- 59,000 pork knuckles
- 60,000 sausages
But Beer Still Prevails (Mostly)
In 208 years, Oktoberfest was only cancelled 24 times.
The culprits? Cholera outbreaks and wars. Our lesson? Practise proper hygiene and remain peaceful and you shall get your annual dose of Oktoberfestbier.
Einstein, Is That You?
One of the many beer tents during Oktoberfest 1896 was set up by none other than a 17-year-old Albert Einstein. A trainee at his uncle’s electrical firm, Einstein was tasked with putting up the light bulbs.
Einstein might be a Physics whiz, but did you know that he also had an affinity with refrigerators? In fact, together with this former student, Leó Szilárd, they invented the Einstein-Szilard in 1926 and received its patent on 11 November 1930. The Einstein-Szilard is an energy-efficient refrigerator that requires only a heat source to operate. These men are our new heroes! And of course we have our own energy-efficient appliance, too – check out the CNef 4315.
What To Do With 7.5 Million Litres Of Beer?
A whopping 7.5 million litres of beer is going to be downed at Oktoberfest. The price of 1 litre – SGD21. With all that beer waiting, all you ladies need to do is put on your dirndl and say “Prost!”. As for the men, we recommend that you opt for the lederhosen instead 😉