Dirndl and Lederhosen – The Oktoberfest Dress Code

When our Oktoberfest is in full swing many of you will be seeing (or wearing!) the traditional garments known as Lederhosen and Dirndl – or ‘Lederhosn’ and ‘Diandl’ as Bavarian dialect calls them.  That brings me to the first important fact – they are NOT the German national clothing – Lederhosen and Dirndl are traditional Bavarian dress and can be …

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What is the “Reinheitsgebot”?

Germany exports 1.5 billion litres of beer every year, and the country is pretty proud of its beer and “Reinheitsgebot” (also known as the purity law). What is the “Reinheitsgebot” (pronounced as: Rine-Hites-GaBoat)? The purity law requires that nothing other than barley, hops and water (and later yeast) be used to produce beer. The decree, issued in Ingolstadt (Bavaria) in 1516, had …

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Why is the Oktoberfest in September?

Have you ever wondered why the Oktoberfest in Pretoria is held in September?  The history of the original Oktoberfest in Germany goes back to 12 October 1810, when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The people of Munich were invited to partake in festivities on the fields where the couple was married – and where Oktoberfest in Munich …