MUNICH, Germany – A giant tent was being pitched in Munich on Thursday as preparations got underway ahead of Bavaria’s world-renowned Oktoberfest beer festival.
With two months to go until the start of the 2018 edition of the event, workers were already at work building the skeleton structure of one of the tents inside which hordes of revelers are expected to gather around long tables with lashings of food and drink, an epa-efe photojournalist reported.
At noon on Sept. 22, Munich’s mayor will officially kick off the festival with the “Official Tapping of the Keg,” the first beer barrel to be opened during the festivities.
Oktoberfest, which has been going strong for more than 200 years and welcomes millions of visitors at each edition, will this time comprise 14 big tents, each touting its own specialties.
A liter of the amber fluid, known as a “Mass,” would set visitors back over 11 euros ($12.82) in the big tents, according to the organizers, while the cheapest beers would be found in the Museumszelt and Ammer small tents, priced at 10.80 euros.
The first of these festivities took place in October of 1810 to mark Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, but over the years it got brought forward to September in favor of better weather conditions.
However, preparations get underway early each year to ensure that everything is set up perfectly ahead of time.
This year’s Oktoberfest runs from Sept. 22-Oct. 7.