Oktoberfest was first celebrated in 1810 to recognize the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. This annual event, held in Munich, Germany, begins on the first Sunday of October and continues for 17 or 18 days, depending on the beginning date. This festival attracts over six million visitors. According to Wikipedia, during the festival in 2007, over seven million liters of Oktoberfest beer were consumed. Sparkling wine is also served. Food takes center stage with hendl (roast chicken), wurst (sausages), brazen (pretzels), obatzda(spiced cheese bread), schweinebraten (roast pork) and schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock).
In the United States, we stretch the event out and celebrate all month long, some starting in September, with weekend events all over the nation, often with local flavor. You’ll find a variety of German-themed foods, but sometimes they will be barbecued, potato pancakes may come with Cajun spices, and the music may be a country band.
If you live in the Kansas City or Memphis regions, join L’Ecole Culinaire for our Oktoberfest open houses. This is great way to sample a variety of German foods and get to know more about our campuses. These events are complimentary and open to the public.
Kansas City: October 24th, 4-7 p.m., 310 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. 64112
Memphis: October 24th, 3:30-6:30 p.m., 1245 North Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN. 38016
Learn more by visiting lecole.edu