It’s not only about drinking beer – there are fairground rides, musicians and parades for non-boozers.
Earlier this month, sports giant, Adidas, launched a pair of beer- and vomit-proof trainers especially for the festival.
In proper perspective
“It became a fall festival in October and was then moved to September because of better weather,” a respondent to the story, published in YahooNews, says.
Testimonies from earlier participants
“Oktoberfest is awesome. Was there two years ago, nothing like drinking 1.5 litre mugs of Hofbrau. Prost!!
“Was stationed in Germany and have been to Oktoberfest a couple of times and had a great time. It is amazing to watch these servers carry 20 filled 1.5 litres of beer in thick heavy mugs.
“There is no place in the U.S. were they would have a festival and serve beer in glass mugs,” another commented.
“I met people from all over the world and Germans from all parts of Germany. People stand and dance on the benches and tables. The police let everyone have their fun, they don’t haul you off to jail like they do here in the USA.
“Nobody was arrested for ‘public intoxication.’ Here, you stand on the bench or table, and here come the police. Can’t wait to go back,” says another festival goer.
Then the top comment: “I’d rather do my drinking at home in Berlin. On the plus side, in a week or two, my local supermarket will have a lot of surplus Oktoberfest beer at a discount price.”