Come to the Oktoberfest on Tuesday October 2nd
Oktoberfest is famous around the world as an epic drinking event, and it's true- those liter steins hold a lot of beer. But there's a lot more to Oktoberfest than just drinking! To get us all in the spirit, here are five little-known facts about Oktoberfest:
1. It's called Oktoberfest but it traditionally starts in September.
The event started in 1810 and at that time it took place during one week of October, but over the years it was extended to begin in September because the weather is warmer and more pleasant, so it’s easier to attract more visitors.
2. All Oktoberfest beers are brewed within the Munich city limits.
A mere six breweries supply all the official Oktoberfest beer, and they are only allowed to use three ingredients: water, barley and hops.
3. It was originally a wedding celebration, not a beer festival.
The first Oktoberfest, held in 1810, celebrated the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildberghausen, and included a horse race.
4. Since 1950, the festival kicks off in Munich with an announcement from the mayor, a keg tapping and a gunshot.
Then the Mayor offers the first stein to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria, and Oktoberfest begins.
5. The most beer ever recorded as consumed at the Oktoberfest was set in 2011.
Participants drank 7.5 million liters of beer...although Germans don't actually drink all the way to the bottom of the stein. The last quarter of the glass is considered undrinkable!
On Tuesday, October 2nd, starting at 6:30pm, Solar One will be throwing our own Oktoberfest fundraiser, complete with decorated tent, authentic decor, real Oktoberfest beer imported from Munich and even an oompah band! Tickets are just $100, including dinner, beer or wine and best of all, every dollar goes directly to support Solar One programs. It's the most Oktoberfest you can get without buying a plane ticket, and you can rest assured that your contribution will support environmental education, community solar, workforce training and Stuyvesant Cove Park!
Tickets and more information are available here. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Prost