Stuart Schafer told us (in German) that Oktoberfest began as a Marriage Feast.
The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810, as a wedding feast honouring the union of Bavarian King Ludwig I and Maria Theresia of Saxonia. The royal shindig took place at the Theresienwiese (Theresia meadow) where it continues to be held today.
Around the world, Oktoberfest imitations are held everywhere from Denver, Blumenau (Brazil) and Lima (Peru), to Hong Kong, Bangalore (India), Hoh-
Lots of dressing up including silly hats added to the fun. A great evening was had by all.
The Great German Menu came to Aquarius thanks to Jean Maracchi and Diana Carpenter and what a feast it was.
Paprika cheese spread with radishes & cucumber; smoked mackerel paté
German breads, butter
German Style Kale with sausages -
Ammershwihr Farmhouse Chicken
Black Forest Cake
Apple streusel tart
Plum streusel tart
All this for £10 a head -
Wir freuen uns auf die Veranstaltung im nächsten Jahr
Q: How many Octoberfest beer maids does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Why would you have her change light bulbs when she could be serving more beer?!
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