How many of you have heard of Oktoberfest? Who knew that it all began just over 200 years ago as a wedding reception? So the story goes, “. . . Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.” Today, the festival that started in Munich has spread to cities throughout the world and Chattanooga.
So as fall rolls around, one of our favorite activities put on by the folks at the Chattanooga Market is Oktoberfest! The dates this year are Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018.
From wonderful German beers (here’s the list of what brews will be present) to bratwurst and kraut cooked to style, you will find so many lovely German items to enjoy. There are folks who actually dress in traditional Bavarian style and even a Mr. and Mrs. Chattanooga Oktoberfest contest.
If you are more interested in an outdoor activity, there is also a bicycle ride, not for the faint of heart, up Lookout Mountain. There are both 1/2 century (50 miles) and century (100 miles) rides available for competition and your entry includes beer at the end of the ride.
Since our own Thor loves almost all things Bavarian, after living there for about eight years quite a few years ago, we go full out and enjoy all the wonderful food and drink the days have to offer. While Thor wears his traditional wool hiking hat year ‘round, you too can purchase a similar style hat and hiking pins at the festival to enjoy for the German days.
For those of you that like live music, the WurstBrats will be performing polka! Now while that sound is not loved by all, it certainly can be loved by you in the light of a traditional Oktoberfest beverage. You can even learn and do the chicken dance!
This trip to Chattanooga Oktoberfest will be far less expensive than Munich, and with a whole lot fewer than the six million visitors they had last year at the Theresienwiese. The middle of October typically has glorious sunny days and cool evenings, perfect for enjoying the bounty of fall and terrific beer and food of Oktoberfest Chattanooga.
So pack your lederhosen and dirndls. Come visit Chattanooga in Mid-October for a ton of fun, and stay with us at one of the many whole home options offered by Chattanooga Vacation Rentals. Click here to find your perfect getaway home.