#88 Brats & Beer


#88 Brats & Beer
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Grüß Gott!

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! 

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Here’s some interesting reading about the “real” Oktoberfest.

From Wikipedia, verbatim:

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.

Glücklich Wiesn!

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