Oktoberfest officially begins with the tapping of the first barrel of beer. This year Christian Ude, Mayor of Munich did the honours and uttered the magic words “O’zapft is!” (It’s tapped!).
The 180th Oktoberfest began in München on September 21st and will last until October 6th, 2013. Construction however began in mid-July to set up the 14 tents, rollercoasters and other attractions.
According to Wikipedia, only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, brewed within the city limits of München may be served at the festival. The same source indicates almost 7 million litres of beer are consumed during the 16 days of the festival.
Regional costumes are usually worn by assistants and traditional dishes are served, such as Hendl, Schweinebraten, Sauerkraut and Weißwurst.
This year the prices of the beer range between €9.40 and €9.85 per one litre (approximately $12.68 USD for the cheapest beer).
September 26th, 2013.
Photographs by The Telegraph.