Oktoberfest, the great Munich beer festival took place for the first time on October 12, 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig (who later became King Louis I of Bavaria).
The festival was such a huge success that it was repeated annually from that year on.
As the weather usually starts to get chilly in October, the festival dates were moved ahead a few years later. It now starts in the second half of September and ends on the first Sunday of October.
The Oktoberfest has spawned similar festivals in many other countries, often thanks to the initiative of German immigrants.
I suggest that you celebrate your own Oktoberfest this week with two beer-centric recipes:
«O’zapft is!», let the celebrations begin!
riginally published in the Journal de Montréal on September 29, 2007.