Come September and beer lovers all over the world look forward to the annual celebration of beer, an ode to the ‘liquid gold’, the raucous beer-themed festival- Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and oldest beer festival, which originated more than 200 years ago in Bavaria, Germany.
The first Oktoberfest was held on October 17, 1810, to celebrate the nuptials of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese Charlotte Louise of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The large meadow outside the city gates was the venue of the celebration. All of Munich was invited to attend the festivities, which featured much music, dancing, and horse races and extended over five days. The meadow was then renamed Theresienwiese in honor of the new queen. The wedding festivities were such a hit with the populace that it was decided to make this multi-day celebration an annual affair and thus the Oktoberfest was born.