#88 Brats & Beer
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That’s “Hello!” in Bavarian. Literally, in a formal sense, it means “salute to God.”
My brother Rob suggested AmperArt #88 Brats & Beer for Oktoberfest. Danke, Bro!
In Bavaria, where it originated, Oktoberbest is actually celebrated on the third Saturday in September, and continues to the first weekend in October. Here in America, we “celebrate” during the entire month of October — whether it’s an excuse to guzzle some fine Bavarian beer or to advertise a cheesy Oktoberfest sale. Or to cook up some hearty Brats & Beer.
My mother was full German (from the Black Forest), so I, along with my siblings Roz, Andy & Rob, really should find some good Brats & Beer (I know one of us is going to find some beer!) and celebrate our close-to-Bavarian heritage. (Just like we’re also half Sicilian, so we are considered by some “true” Italians to be close, but not quite, Italian. True or not, our rich red succo beats the northern Italians wimpy white sauce any day. And our German mother could cook Italian like our dad’s own mother — she taught her daughter-in-law well!)
Sausage seems to run in our family, whether German or Italian. It’s all köstlich!
Here’s some interesting reading about the “real” Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.
During the event, large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed: during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million litres were served. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods including Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzels), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spicy cheese-butter spread) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (October 4), to mark the event’s bicentennial.
Here’s a fun list of “18 Essential Words for Octoberfest” from the Oxford Dictionaries website.
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Production notes for #88 Beer & Brats:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Adobe Illustrator (original ampersand link shapes), Photoshop (everything else)
Fonts: Embossed Black, Embossed Black Wide
WARNING: Do not attempt setting blackletter in all caps unless you are a fully qualified designer!
Ampersand: pork, spices & intestines
Background images: graphicstock.com (superimposed & adjusted)
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