When we hear the word Octoberfest, the sights and sounds of the original “Oktoberfest” held in Germany come to mind. The sight of beer and food flowing freely and people dancing to modern as well as traditional music is listed as one of the must-see global events. However, the traditional Oktoberfest is not held only in Germany. Today, we will look at the Octoberfest held in Delaware.
As we all know, this festival started in the 1800’s in Germany. However, over the years, Germans migrated to the US and Europe. In an effort to rekindle the memories of their homeland, they decided to celebrate the Octoberfest wherever there was a sizeable German population.
The festival in Delaware started in the year 1978. This year was significant as it was the 125th anniversary of the Delaware Saengerbund or DSB. This was the group that represented the German population living in the United States. The function held in 1978 was a private affair and it was a huge success. As a result, the next year saw the function being thrown open to the general public. 2013 marks another landmark for the Delaware Saengerbund. This is the two hundredth anniversary of the original Octoberfest. It is also the thirty-first year of the ceremony being held in Delaware.
Every aspect of Delaware’s Octoberfest remains true to the original festival. All the food is prepared in traditional style by the womenfolk of the Delaware Saengerbund. Hence, you will be able to taste seven different kinds of Wurst or the German Sausage. You will also be able to eat the famous potato salad made in Germany. The event attracts close to twenty thousand visitors. During the event, the overpowering smell will be that of food and beer.
As per some estimates, below is the quantity of food which will be consumed.
Pretzels – Forty to fifty boxes
Potato Salad – Three thousand one hundred and fifty pounds
Sheet cakes – One hundred and twenty
Funnel cake – Fifty to sixty boxes
Sausages – Two thousand four hundred pound of sausages
Chicken – A thousand to two thousand pieces of chicken
However, the highlight of the festival is the beer. The Delaware Saengerbund has tied up with Paulaner Beer. This beer is made as per the original recipes in Munich. The Delaware Saengerbund will supply close to five hundred liters of beer to all the visitors. You have various options in buying beers. You can buy one liter Steins for fifteen USD, or if you want, you can buy half a liter of beer for nine USD. Paulaner will also be selling beers made from wheat for eight USD.
The Delaware Saengerbund uses the money raised for funding all its activities in Delaware. This includes teaching people from all age groups German, maintaining their facilities as well as giving scholarships to deserving students who want to study in Germany. The Delaware Saengerbund also manages its other activities from the funds collected during the Octoberfest.
So, book your dates and ensure that you are present at the Octoberfest without fail. For some great flight and hotel deals, you might want to check out Spies's website (in Danish fly og hotel Spies).Tell us how you enjoyed yourself during the Octoberfest.