Fall is in the air and that means – Oktoberfest. For some, that means the long-awaited Oktoberfest beer and for Chicago area residents that means the 2016 Oktoberfest Chicago event. By traditional standards, Oktoberfest is a 16-day long festival leading up to the first Sunday in October. In Chicago, the Oktoberfest celebration is a weekend-long event held September 23rd through the 25th, at least for the 2016 festival.
2016 Oktoberfest Chicago
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Oktoberfest Chicago. Running all weekend long the last weekend in September, Oktoberfest Chicago features craft beer, authentic foods and all things Bavarian. The event will be held on Southport and Lincoln Avenue in Chicago and offers attendees beer, brats, pretzels and live music.
2016 marks the 15th Oktoberfest Chicago and this year the festival will be better than ever. Friday and Saturday night craft beer fans can participate in a craft beer tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. The tasting hosts more than 40 different beers from breweries around the country.
There will also be music on two stages all weekend long and the kids KinderFest is now open both Saturday and Sunday. KinderFest is fun for all ages featuring polka dancing lessons and authentic German cuisine.
History of Oktoberfest
When it comes to Oktoberfest, there are two histories that are combined into the celebrations we participate in today, the history of the festival and the history of the beer.
Oktoberfest Festival History: The celebration of Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany following the marriage of King Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The celebration of the royal marriage included a horse race and general festivities and has since evolved into a global festival commemorating the fall season.
Oktoberfest Beer History: The Oktoberfest craft beer that people wait all year long for has a history that stems from brewing practices before refrigeration. Before the technology for refrigeration came about, brewers would brew beer during the winter months and store it in cool cellars all summer as the high temperatures of summer made it impossible to brew. More hops were added to the winter brewed beers to preserve them, creating a distinct flavor when finally consumed in the fall months.
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