Monday, 4 October 2010

Oktoberfest 2010

Today I received some photos of the Oktoberfest from my friend Moyra who has lived in Munich for many years. She took them today (yes I know they say 3rd October, but that's what she said), though as far as I know she doesn't drink beer. Can't exactly guarantee that mind you, since I haven't seen her since 1972!

I have already complained to her that she hasn't included enough young women in dirndls, but you can't have everything I suppose. Nonetheless I was struck by the first photo. It isn't often you see an Oktoberfest tent this quiet. This contrasts with yesterday when the area was closed to visitors with beer tents and beer gardens in the area having to be closed for several hours due to overcrowding. The historic Wiesn area was packed within 45 minutes of opening and the entrance was closed by noon. On Saturday though the 800,000 crowd got ugly according to police with the "folksy" mood being lost and incidents with beer mugs rising as the jam-packed atmosphere (and copious drinking) frayed tempers. Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the number of assaults with the festival’s famous one-litre glass beer mug rose from 38 last year to 60 this. Somehow, the thought that I might be brained by a maßkrug at Oktoberfest hadn't occurred to me. I'll bear it in mind now.

It all ends tonight in perfect weather and hopefully perfect tempers!

Additional material from The Local


RedNev said...

Not at all like our own dear CAMRA festivals!

Cooking Lager said...

there you go fella.

Tandleman said...

Thanks Cookie. Very nice, but I prefer the real thing.

Erlangernick said...

Wonder how many of the brainings were between Ozzies and Kiwis? As if the miserably sweet, undrinkable beer weren't reason enough to avoid the place!

Every year, I buy a bottle of each of the beers to try, and every year, I can't finish even half of any one of them.

TIW said...

In my Munich days I was told that the handle of a maßkrug was designed to break off if you clobbered someone with it.

Tandleman said...

TIW - Doubt if that'd be much consolation if someone broke one on your nut!