4 Tips for Hosting Your Very Own Oktoberfest

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Fall is here! What better way to celebrate than hosting your very own Oktoberfest celebration in your bar or restaurant. Contrary to popular belief though—Oktoberfest doesn’t go through the month of October. In Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest begins this year on September 22 and ends on October 7.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 when the Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12. Those who lived in Munich were invited to attend the party complete with food, drink, socializing and horse races. Since then, Oktoberfest has happened each year with the addition of a fair-type atmosphere and today is the largest festival in the world.

So take advantage of a great theme and host your own Oktoberfest to celebrate, too. Keep reading to learn how to master an Oktoberfest party complete with themed food, drink and the perfect music. 

1. Create an Oktoberfest-worthy biergarten

In Munich, Oktoberfest is typically held outside. Outdoor biergartens are created for guests to enjoy food and drink under. And while this might sound like a giant undertaking, we promise it isn’t—no real garden required.

Pull some picnic tables together in a small outdoor area or even indoors in a large open room if you lack the outdoor space and decorate the area with string lights and streamers in German colors. Be sure to not use your best furniture, too. The idea is not to make it a fancy event, but have sturdy items that can take a rowdy festival atmosphere.

2. German-inspired food is a must

Traditional German food is ideal for an Oktoberfest party—roasted duck, chicken, sausage and bratwurst all served with a heaping portion of vegetables. If that’s not quite the mood you’re looking for, you can stick to snack foods like pretzels and cookies—two very traditional Oktoberfest snacks. If that’s still not your thing, just pepper in a few German selections for food and appetizers or snacks and stick to your regular menu.

3. ...and German beer to wash it all down 

It’s not Oktoberfest without German beer! For the most authentic experience, you’ll need to stock up on Oktoberfest beer and that means beer that’s actually made in Munich, Germany. Several different breweries in the city craft beer for the festival so you’ll need to plan pretty far in advance to have these beers at your Oktoberfest party. 

If that’s just not an option you’re willing to entertain, there are plenty of local breweries that spin up Oktoberfest-style beers that will be a perfect fit for your event. Some great options are Sierra Nevada Faust Miltenberger Oktoberfest, Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest or Great Lakes Oktoberfest, just to name a few.

4. Get the appropriate party music

If you want to set the mood and account for the influx of energy levels of party guests, then you might want to consider having curated playlists available to play. With the right system, you can set and forget hand-selected playlists that are customized to your establishment, the daypart and your guests. It’s been proven time and time again that having music that fits the event, mood and customer can have an effect on customer behavior—from spending more on food and drink to staying longer.

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