Since the first Oktoberfest in 1810, the famous German festival has grown from 40,000 to around 7,200,000 people: that’s roughly the population of Bulgaria!

So what makes this festival so popular? Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volkfest (beer festival and travelling funfair) held annually in Munich, Germany. Essentially, it is 16 days of the world’s largest fun fair, with beer. Ok, now we understand why people seem to have taken to it!

Nowadays it is celebrated all over the world, Manchester has been celebrating the festival since 2014 where the festival has become more and more popular each year. Manchester has thrown themselves into Oktoberfest with both feet the past few years, and it seems we can’t get enough of the famous Bierkeller atmosphere.

The festival in Munich is famous for its quality Bavarian beer and fantastic hearty food. In fact, a staggering 6.9 million litres of beer are expected to be consumed over the course of 16 days, enough to fill 43,000 bathtubs.

With all that beer, people are bound to get hungry. It is estimated 400,000 pretzels, 97,700lbs of fish and 549,899 chickens are consumed during the festival; sorry if there’re any vegetarians reading this.

The beer is served in the famous 1.5 litre Mass glasses, and the only beer that can be served must conform to the ‘Reinheitsgebot’ (German Purity Law), and brewed within the city limits of Munich. The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest beer are:

  • Augustiner-Brau
  • Hacker-Pschorr-Brau
  • Lowenbrau
  • Paulaner
  • Spatenbrau
  • Staatliches Hofbrau-Munchen

People celebrate Oktoberfest festival in the traditional German garb of Lederhosen and Dirndls, which are adopted all over the world; so come the 18th expect to see the men and women descend on Albert’s Square kitted out in traditional outfits ready for some knee slapping merriment to the Oompah band.

The festival runs from Thursday 18 – Sunday 22 so don’t hesitate to get involved! While you’re at it, you can come visit the best bar Manchester has to offer, by heading down to check out Barca after sampling a few German beers!