Picture it: Munich, 1810.
OK, so you probably can't without the help of a Google search. But that's when Germany's first Oktoberfest took place to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, the world has been celebrating that special day by boozing heavily while garbed in lederhosen.
Traditionally, Oktoberfest starts late September and ends on Germany Unity Day, October 3. We do it up in South Florida until two weeks before Halloween with beer, babes, and brautwurst.
This past weekend marked the second Oktoberfest celebration this year of the American German Club of the Palm Beaches at 5111 Lantana Road in Lake Worth. Since it's one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country, we decided to attend and see if the fest really lives up to its reputation.
The verdict? Yes, yes it does. Although it was hard to narrow it down, here is our list of the five best things about Lake Worth's Oktoberfest.
5. Miss Oktoberfest and crew
A relatively new tradition for the American German Club of the Palm Beaches, female contestants vie for the spot of Miss Oktoberfest. Although the winner gets crowned in August, she proudly wore her sash and made an appearance during the actual celebrations. Her grueling responsibilities include promoting German heritage and traditions in Palm Beach and, of course, attending social outings like Oktoberfest.
This year, the second Miss Oktoberfest (that's how new the event is) is Lindsay Bierman, whom we saw with fist runner-up Kendra Zellner and third runner up and Ms. Hofbrau, the lovely Bridget Beer. These beautiful ladies were not only eye candy but also very sweet to speak with. It also doesn't hurt that they were dressed in these fancy dirndls. Which brings us to our next point...
4. Sexy dirndls
What's better than beauts and beer? A combination of both! This lady wore her dirndl proudly and even accessorized with a choker and cute pigtail braids.
We are all for taking advantage of wearing costumes whenever possible, even this close to Halloween.
3. Snazzy lederhosen
With dirndls come lederhosen, and there was plenty in sight. Although we had quite the selection to choose from, this little guy stole our heart. We couldn't help but ask, "Where's your ID, sir?"
No beer for you.
2. The fabulous chicken dance
Very rarely is it appropriate to dance like a complete idiot in public, but luckily Oktoberfest makes it acceptable. The annoyingly infectious chicken dance will get stuck in your head and your folded arms for days and even prompt you to dance with the weirdest, red-faced drunkard at the party. We had some fun watching peeps shaking their tailfeathers.
1. Beer, duh.
The number-one best part of doing up Oktoberfest is, of course, the beer. Whether you're chugging brews out of a stein or sipping it out of a boot, it's the beverage of choice for the whole dang month.
Sure, you can take shots of Jäger, but beer allows you to get nice and toasty as well as offering some liquid courage to do the above dorky movies. Paired with German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and pretzels, it's even more tasty.
We particularly liked the boot that came with a handy lanyard, so it doubled as a goofy necklace.
Danke, American German Club. And auf wiedersehen, till next year.
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