The Munich Oktoberfest is finally back on stage after the pandemic break

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BERLIN – Germany’s annual Oktoberfest festival is finally back for this fall after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the famed Bavarian beer festival said Thursday.

“The Wiesn will take place,” Clemens Baumgaertner told reporters in Munich, using the Bavarian colloquialism of the locals for Oktoberfest referring to the large lawn, or Wiese, where alcoholic parties are held.

He said the popular beer festival in the Bavarian capital will be held without any pandemic restrictions from September 17 to October 18. 3 – National Day of Germany.

“It will take place as we know it from 2019, and not in any other way,” added Baumgaertner.

Oktoberfest, first held in 1810 in honor of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria’s marriage to Princess Theresa, has been canceled dozens of times during its more than 200-year history due to wars and pandemics.

In the years leading up to the coronavirus outbreak, around 6 million revelers visited the celebrations each year, many of them dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing: women in dirndl, men in lederhosen or knee-length leather pants.

There will be around 487 breweries, restaurants, fish and meat grills, wine vendors and others and the opening hours will be even longer than in the past, with the first beer tents opening at 9am and closing at 10.30pm Last orders will be taken at 9.30pm

A one-liter mug of beer (two pints) this year will cost between 12.60 and 13.80 euros ($ 12.84-14.07), an increase of about 15% compared to 2019, according to the homepage. Oktoberfest official.

Among the typical Bavarian dishes sold at Oktoberfest there will be specialties such as the “slaughterhouse” with blood sausage and liver and pork belly; roast pork with crispy skin, bread dumplings and sauerkraut; Slices of roast beef or braised venison ragout with homemade spaetzle.