Oktoberfest 101

Happy October everyone!

We are going to kick off this month with an honorary Oktoberfest post! Here in Wisconsin we have lots of German heritage. No matter what time of year, Wisconsinites enjoy their fair share of beer, bratwurst and polka music. When fall rolls around Oktoberfest is celebrated across the state. Here at Best Events we are pros at putting on ‘Prost!’ worthy Oktoberfest events! We are going to talk about the essentials of pulling off an epic and authentic Oktoberfest, but first a little history… how did this festival get it’s start anyway?

Here is a quick rundown! Oktoberfest began in Munich Germany in 1810 as a celebration of the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The city continued to celebrate this anniversary every year and added in additional entertainment such as carnival rides, folk music and parades.  Oktoberfest actually starts in September and is held there for a 16 day period and always ends on the first Sunday in October. Germans refer to this festival as Wiesn and consume large quantities of Oktoberfest bier (or what we know as BEER!) during this 16 day duration.

So what do you need to pull off an epic Oktoberfest celebration? Let’s start with the food! Our new Oktoberfest Menu located in our Holiday menu features some classic German items such as Chicken n’ Spaetzle, Potato Pancakes and of course Roasted Bratwurst. Check out the full menu below!

We can also help you craft a custom Oktoberfest menu. We created the menu below to be served during a casual lunch buffet for one of our corporate customers:

German Style Cabbage & Beans

Oktoberfest Potatoes

Beer Mac n’ Cheese

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese

Apple Strudel

The sky is the limit! We can collaborate with you to create a menu that is the perfect for your type of event.

Now how about some décor? Here are the elements we think are essential in creating the Oktoberfest look.

Blue and White Everything

Blue and white are the official colors of Oktoberfest because of the blue and white Bavarian flag. Don’t hold back with this scheme! Blue and white checked table clothes, napkins and streamers are a good place to start!

Wooden Elements

Adding some wooden element to your event gives it that nostalgic feel. Think of the beer halls in Germany with all the wooden picnic tables. Our farm tables work great for this look! You can also incorporate wooden serving platter in your buffet.

Greenery

Think BierGarten! If your event is inside you can easily liven it up with green centerpieces. If you want to really send home the authentic German look bust out a greenery chandelier!

Creative Beer Centerpiece

This an easy and cost effective way to tie beer into your theme. Recycle old beer bottles and use them as vases for flowers or pieces wheat. Extra points if you can find an authentic German beer! Another fun way to incorporate bier into your décor is by using steins. These are decorative enough to stand on their own or used as a vase.

Pretzels!

Another budget friendly way to decorate is with pretzels! Buy a few bags of twisted pretzels and use them for little touches all over! Add them to your center pieces, tie them onto napkin holders, the options are endless! Don’t forget to make a couple pretzel necklaces for your guests to munch on!