This was the first time we had an event like that - thanks to our thoughtful and creative president, Jay Salamon. It was all his idea - which turned out to be great since everyone attending had an immense fun!
I have lots of good photos from that night, so many in fact, that I decided I needed to share them because a great fun like that does not come around too often. And that is exactly why it more than deserves a memorial. Even if it comes in a form of a blog post. Enjoy! 🙂
Mini Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony
We were trying to be really authentic with our Opening Ceremony by announcing and acting-out things the way they do it in Munich, where the Oktoberfest tradition started. Everyone kind of joined in - although the whole thing was spontaneous, not at all planned or rehearsed.
At the head of the parade were pretty ladies in dirndls, traditional in different regions of Germany. Each one was carrying a fancy Bier Stein - in honor of the festival of beer. Wilma was pretending to be and overly-happy beer drinker and received great reactions from the audience. She sure looked very convincing! 🙂
Handsome Couples in Traditional German Outfits
After the ladies made a round or two - the handsome couples started walking around the hall. At first the idea was to choose the best dressed couple. However, that turned out to be an impossible task since all of them looked really good!
And even though there are tons of happy and funny moments in between, most Saturday evenings inevitably lead to the raffle time. That's when, about an hour before the closing time, a few bottles get a new home. And, guess what? The winners always look happy - even though the prizes are usually small.
Of course - for once a three-piece-band Manni Daum Trio made all the difference as well. The entertainment at our Mini Oktoberfest event was simply superb! 🙂
Munich Mini Oktoberfest or Kleine Wiesn
"The Münchener Frühlingsfest (Munich Spring Festival) is like a baby Oktoberfest
The Munich Spring Festival is next on: April 26 to May 12, 2019.
Think Oktoberfest, then shrink it.
This festival is sometimes called the "Kleine Wiesn" (Little Oktoberfest) or the "Kleine Schwester des Oktoberfestes"(Oktoberfest’s Little Sister). And after a liter or two of fresh springtime beer you’ll be calling it a victory for common sense. The fest runs over two weeks and takes place at Munich's Theresienwiese.
The Spring Festival has a big beer tent called the Festhalle Bayernland which seats about 2,000 people. Munich’s favourite Augustiner beer is splashed out from traditional wooden kegs.
In 2010 the Hippodrom-Festzelt, a favourite Oktoberfest beer tent, made its debut at the Munich Spring Festival and a new lager beer called Spaten Frühlingsfest Hell was served for the first time. Note: There's no fire and brimstone, Hell means "light" in German and refers to the shade of the brew, not the strength.
If the weather’s friendly you might want to sit a while in the Radlingers Weißbiergarten, a beer garden that specialises in Paulaner Weizen (Bavarian "white beer"). A band often cranks out old-time Bavarian hits. There’s also a covered section, the Allwetter-Biergarten, if it’s too wet or chilly.
The festival kicks off with a big parade and Böllerschützen, where aging artillery enthusiasts shoot mini hand-cannons into the air. The first keg is tapped inside the Hippodrom-Festzelt at 4pm on the opening day to get the beer flowing.
On the first Saturday of the festival you'll find one of Munich's greatest flea-markets: More than 1,000 stands peddling everything from boomerangs to Beethoven. Vendors open at 6am so you'll need an early start to snap up the best bargains.
On the second Friday there's usually a big fireworks display after sunset.
Other special events that pop up sporadically at the fest included a vintage car exhibition and a couple of days where visitors can pay with (now extinct) Deutschmarks."