Though we get calls nearly every day with people asking if we’re not jumping the gun by having Oktoberfest in September, truth is that we’re actually having it at the traditional, correct time of year.
In Germany, Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first sunday of October. If an Oktoberfest is held for less than two weeks, it may occur at any time from the 3rd weekend of September through the first weekend of October. So, PorktoberQue is right in the middle of that time frame with having it the last weekend of September!
Here’s some “Oktoberfackts”
- In 1997, Oktoberfesters consumed more than 5 ½ million liters of beer, about 45,000 liters of wine, and almost 165,000 liters of nonalcoholic beer in Germany. (Wow…. that’s a bunch of beverages!)
- The local name in Munich for Oktoberfest, “Wies’n,” is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which the festival is held.
- The festival halls in Munich can seat 94,000 people. ( I think we can seat 400 at PorktoberQue…)
- The beers that the Munich breweries produce specially for Oktoberfest contain 4.5 percent alcohol. (Sam Adams Oktoberfest, our host beverage is 5%)
- Cincinnati, Ohio, which claims to hold the “largest authentic Oktoberfest” in the U.S., draws about 500,000 people to its celebration. (PorktoberQue should draw about 5,000 people).