Oktoberfest 2016 is almost here! – time to get your Drinking shoes on!

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Break out the Lederhosen, the LaugenBrezel and the Bierkrüge, it’s Oktoberfest season again! Hooray!

Yes, the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, in Bavaria, Germany is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

The locals often just call it Wiesn

It’s the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves, located near the center of Munich.

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One of the friendly serving ladies – Pic courtesy of theworldfestival

2016 marks the 206th year this important part of Bavarian culture has been going, and it’s all about traditional Bavarian German celebration with German food specialties, traditional music and dancing, carnival style rides, and of course Beer.

Massive drinking halls

. . . such as the Hofbräuhaus and Spatenhaus, are everywhere, along with food tents and stalls, outdoor eating and seating areas, and the carnival rides.

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Just one of the Beer halls – Pic courtesy of Nat Geo – Picture: George F. Mobley

How much beer??

During the event, almost 8million litres of beer are served up to thirsty patrons, along with traditional foods like Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Brezen (pretzels), and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

Photo by Alexander Hassenstein | Getty Images
There’s plenty of food to go around! – Photo by Joerg Koch | Getty Images
Photo by Joerg Koch | Getty Images
The locals seem to like it too – Photo by Alexander Hassenstein | Getty Images
Photo by Alexander Hassenstein | Getty Images
Did I mention it gets a little busy at times!? – Photo by Joerg Koch | Getty Images
The rides look like fun too! - Photo by Christof Stache | AFP | Getty Images
The rides look like fun! – Photo by Christof Stache | AFP | Getty Images
And what's a Beer festival without funny hats? - Photo by Karl-Josef Hildenbrand | AFP | Getty Images
And what’s a Beer festival without funny hats? – Photo by Johannes Simon | Getty Images

Nothing beats the Original though!

Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event, but nothing compares to the real thing.

Oktoberfest 2016 runs between September 17th through to October 3rd in Munich, Germany.

. . . now WHERE did i put my Lederhosen?? - Pic courtesy of thecostumeland
. . . now WHERE did I put my Lederhosen?? – Pic courtesy of thecostumeland

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