The Clean Hippie

Seeking the sustainable life in New York City

Oktoberfest! October 8, 2009

Filed under: events — Alden @ 2:45 pm

This past weekend was one of the best weekends I can remember having, and it was spent in and around Munich, firmly in Bavaria territory. If you don’t know much about Bavaria, just keep in mind that everything you know about Germany – with the exception of the Berlin wall – originated here:


Katy and I in dirndls

Good beer:




Sausage and pretzels:


Oktoberfest is the biggest party you will ever go to, period. Imagine a gi-normous tailgait party, except instead of drinking beer to prepare for the game, you are drinking beer to prepare for…drinking more beer.

We woke up at 5 in the morning, dressed in our dirndls and leiderhosen, and set out for the train station to take us to the fairgrounds. The sun was just breaking over the horizon as we practically ran to get to the tent in the very back, where a huge crowd of mostly Germans was already vying for a position to get into the tent. There are a limited number of spaces (anywhere from 5,000 to 12,000) that on a Saturday will fill up fast. After that, the tent is closed for the rest of the day, within no one entering or leaving. No matter, everything you could need is in that tent: beer, music, food, and of course bathrooms.

The crush to get in was horrific, but once inside, the party was ridiculous! The tent Andy brought us to is mostly free of tourists, and caters to young locals. Once the music started, we were all up on the tables singing and dancing for the rest of the day. Take a look at the video below. The lyrics mean something like “We’re going to have a huge hangover tomorrow!”

Ok, so there is nothing sustainable about oktoberfest. It’s all about eating lots of meat, consuming tons of beer, and then going on all the electricity-intensive rides out on the fairgrounds. But what do you want me to do? It’s fun!


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