The 20th Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest is this weekend on September 16th and 17th. We’d like to think that twenty years is a long time, but then again, Munich is celebrating its 184th Oktoberfest this year. Yeah, they have few years on us. A lot has happened over 184 years that have added to the tradition, so here a few things we want you to know about this German Fest, and yes, we’ll explain why it’s held in September.
It Started as a Wedding
Oktoberfest in Munich today is the largest beer festival in the world, but it didn’t start out as a brew fest. Actually, the tradition started in the year 1810 when the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig wed Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen and invited the citizens of Munich to join the festivities. Instead of gathering to drink beer, the citizens came to watch horse races, which they continued annually. It wasn’t until 1896 that local breweries started backing the festival.
Our Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest began in 1997. The Bavarian, which was built the year before, supplies the food and beer.
There is a LOT of Beer
The 1.5 million gallons of beer that are consumed annually at Oktoberfest are specially brewed and supplied by 6 Munich Breweries. The beer we serve at The Bavarian are supplied by those breweries, including the famous Hofbräu beer, coming from one of Munich’s oldest beer halls.
The beer is served in a Maß, or stein, which is a 1-liter mug. We are selling Hofbräu steins online now. You can buy them here.
It’s Held in September
The name Oktoberfest is deceiving because, even in Munich, it is celebrated in September. And the reason is quite practical. The 16-day fest was bumped up to begin in mid September simply because the weather is better and dryer. In Germany, it really does make a difference.
But we’re not complaining. In fact, we think this is the perfect time to spend here in the mountains, when the leaves are just beginning to turn and the sunlight is still long. If you want to make the most out of this beautiful weekend, we suggest booking a room at The Blake with our Oktoberfest package for a 35% discount.
It’s Not Just About Drinking
It’s actually a very peaceful event. It’s about getting together with friends and family and enjoying quintessential Bavarian food, beer, and traditions. In Munich, the Fest has become a world renown, family friendly event, and although ours isn’t world renown, we do encourage bringing the kids. We don’t have carnival rides, but we do have scenic chairlift rides and a kids craft tent. The traditional German band Die Polkaschlingel will be playing, lederhosen and dirndls will be plentiful, and the beer will be flowing. So do as the Germans do and get ready for a Prosit and some Gemütlichkeit!