10 facts you may not know about Oktoberfest


9 October 2018

Here’s 10 facts about Oktoberfest that we’ve come across that you may not know:

  1. The festival began in October 1810, to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Over the years the starting date was changed to September because the weather is warmer.
  2. Wies’n, is the local name for Oktoberfest. The name is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which the festival is held.
  3. At the festival in Munich, 13 huge drinking tents only serve ‘Oktoberfestbier’ which is brewed by just six Munich-based breweries.
  4. The drinking age in Germany for beer is 16.
  5. Historically, Oktoberfest has been cancelled 24 times because of war and cholera epidemics.
  6. Nobody raises their mug until the Mayor opens the festival after the official gun salute and shouts O’zapftis! (“It’s tapped!”).
  7. Every Thursday, mass is celebrated by the Church in the Hippodrome tent at the festival.
  8. It takes two months to setup the festival and one month to disassemble it.
  9. Visitors will consume more roasted chickens than sausages at the festival!
  10. The first glass beer mug was used at Oktoberfest in 1892.

From 8 October 2018, Penny Lane Bar & Café is having Oktoberfest at our café/bars in UNSW Kensington and UTS Ultimo for the month of October (although technically we should have started in the end of September!).

While we aren’t serving ‘Oktoberfestbier’, we are serving tasting beer paddles and an antipasto plate for $25. Happy Oktoberfest!



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