Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bavarian Heaven

That’s how they describe the Hacker-Festzelt tent at the Octoberfest. Described as a piece of Heaven because of its blue sky and clouded ceiling, the tent is said to be one of Octoberfest’s best. Traditionally, the crowd of nearly 10,000, is made of of people from the Bavarian countryside, so you are less likely to have too many tourists. German is definitely the language spoken here and the lederhosen & dirndls are quite authentic, which can be rare at Octoberfest. The tent’s beer is from the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, which traces its ancestry back to 1417, nearly 100 years before the enactment of the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law, the world’s first law regulating food, which ensured that beer was made with the purity standard. The beer, albeit an Octoberfest Maertzen blend, has not changed for more than 580 years. About the only ironic thing about this Bavarian paradise, the band is a rock band and not the traditional Bavarian fare. Oh well, rock out to AC/DC with a beer the size of a `keg, and the beautiful clouds hanging above your head.


Ilse said...

Some things never seem to change. Looks like it did over a decade ago.

stephanie levy said...

I'm loving your Oktoberfest photos. I mentioned your blog on mine tonight, so please drop by and read :)

stephanie levy said...

Hi Troy,
Thanks for getting back to me.

As for artwork, most of my contacts are online these days. You could have a look at some of the artists websites listed on my blog. Several of the artists have online shops, and many offer fine art prints for a very reasonable price (often in US dollars, which would be good for you given the current exchange rate). I am also planning to start making fine art prints within the next 6 weeks, so just check back with me :)
Enjoy the Oktoberfest season!

jill said...

What a colorful place! Thanks for sharing this wonderful event.