Sunday, January 16, 2022

Oktoberfest 2010



by Laverne Davy

On October 15th the Marco Island Yacht Club will start off the new season with its fifth annual Oktoberfest.  The yacht club arranged for an authentic 18 piece German band “HAFENKAPELLE” from Cape Coral to play at this event.  We invite all members of reciprocal yacht and golf clubs around Marco Island and Naples to join us for the most authentic Oktoberfest on Marco Island.

All attendees will feast on fabulous traditional German buffet, which includes Black Forest Chopped Salad, German Potato Salad, Schweinehaxen (Braised Pork Shank), Bratwurst & Knackwurst, Wiener schnitzel with Spaetzle, Traditional Hasenpfeffer and more. For dessert: Black Forest Cake, German Cookies and Pastries.

For more information contact the Marco Island Yacht Club at 239-394-0199.

History of Oktoberfest

The history of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany dates back to October 12, 1810, when a celebration was held to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities, which involved a feast and horse races taking place on the fields in front of the city gates. These fields, which were renamed Theresienwiese or “Theresa’s fields” to honor the crown princess, were home to the first Oktoberfest party. Everyone enjoyed the celebration so much that officials decided to hold the race again every subsequent year in conjunction with the state agricultural show. Although the horse races eventually went by the wayside, the more modern Oktoberfest party can still be found at its original site, which locals have since abbreviated to simply “Wiesn.” The agricultural show still happens, but is now only



held every third year.

As the tradition and popularity of Oktoberfest in Munich grew, new entertainments were offered. In 1818, a carousel and swings were added as well as small beer stands. In 1896, larger capacity beer tents replaced these. Brewery-sponsored beer halls have since replaced the original tents and today hold up to 5,000 people each. With the booming fairground trade in the 1870s, a larger range of fun fair entertainments emerged; each year, the entertainment has grown to the point that it has reached amusement park proportions. However the festival still retains the authentic simplicity of its origins, as shown throughout the history of Oktoberfest.

Today, Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world; the celebration has grown to last 16 days, ending on the second Sunday in October. While some of the original traditions have evolved through the years, there are still very characteristic of the history of Oktoberfest. Traditional German foods, such as sauerkraut and bratwurst, are served and beer brewed specially for Oktoberfest is served in beer steins. It’s not unusual to come across men dressed in old-fashioned lederhosen or women dressed in dirndl.

In recent years, the program of events for the Oktoberfest party has included the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, a concert involving the brass bands represented at the “Wiesn” and the Costume and Riflemen’s Procession. Although war and cholera epidemics have occasionally interrupted the festivities in the past, Oktoberfest is celebrating its 200th anniversary.

If you can’t attend the Oktoberfest in Germany, head on October 15th to the Marco Island Yacht Club some Oktoberfest fun.

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