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 2010 with be the 8th annual Oktoberfest in Heritage Village. Residents can beer with us, on the last  Friday of October for food frolic and fun in the Heritage Hall.  A mix of German and English music, polka dancing and waltzes make this event a sell-out favourite.  The entertainment  draws in the best bands from the Kitchener Oktoberfest,  complemented on occasion with Choirs, Schuhplattlers and Holzhackers. 

Dress is optional but "Bavarian" is the theme. The city folks of 19th Century Munich wore more colourful fashions than rural peasantry and each town had their style.  Today, many people in Munich do not own folk costume (called Tracht ).  Focus more on learning how to order your beer in German, in preparation for your next European trip.  But if you just must win the costume prize, here are"authentic"  examples:


 Traditional Bavarian Folk Costumes ("Tracht "):


Men:  beerstein

"Lederhosen"  (leather shorts or 3/4 length pants)

 "Hut mit Garnsbart" (Hat with goat's hair decoration)

 Cotton shirt

 Long knit socks

Mountain-climbing boots

Gürtel (leather belt with metal relief plates)

Hosenträger (leather suspenders with stitched panel)

Charivari (chain with hunting gadgets)

Kropfband (choker necklace with Edelweiss pendant)


Women:  cokoo

Dirndl of:

das Kleid (dress)

die Bluse (Blouse)

die Schurze (decorative apron)

Short suede hiking boot

Folded knit socks

          or (modern woman):

Lederhosen and mountain boots.


Today, in Munich, anything goes, as seen by fashions available on-line:


Modern Bavarians in Tracht:

Traditional Activities:

The original 5 day Oktoberfest in 1810 featured a horse race, in celebration of the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to the festivities on farm fields, by the city gates. Later festivals added tree climbing competitions, wheel barrow & sack races, mush eating contests, barrel rolling races, goose chases and mechanical rides. Beer halls didn't appear until 1896. The 1908 festival,  boasted Germany's first roller coaster. The world's largest annual beer festival in Munich  consumes 1.5 million gallons of beer.  The Kitchener-Waterloo festival is not far behind, and ranks as the largest Oktoberfest outside Germany.  The spill-over to Heritage Village is much appreciated. Goose chase anyone?



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