The HangOut was full of dirndl dresses and lederhosen tonight, with steins of beer balanced carefully by the partygoers who didn't want to spill a drop! The club looked absolutely gorgeous, HangOut owner/dj Janis Short had filled the venue with falling leaves and glowing Autumn colours. The theme was Oktoberfest and Autumn (Fall) and Janis played some brilliant tunes to compliment the beer festival and the Season. We had a lovely time, thank you Janis!
Here are a few facts about Oktoberfest:
Oktoberfest is a huge beer festival and funfair held in Munich each year, from late or mid September through to the first weekend in October. People travel from all over the world for Oktoberfest with around 6 million people enjoying the proceedings. According to Wicki, Oktoberfest began when "Kronprinz Ludwig (1786-1868), later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825-1848), married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honour of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wiesn". "Horse races, in the tradition of the 15th-century Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race at Karlstor), were held on October 17 to honour the newlyweds." "At the end of the 19th century, a re-organization took place. Until then, there were games of skittles, large dance floors, and trees for climbing in the beer booths. Organizers wanted more room for guests and musicians which resulted in the booths becoming beer halls which are still used today."