Sep 15, 2020
by Luke Dubois
This year’s Oktoberfest, billed as “The biggest folk festival in the world” is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In years past, crowds in the millions poured (pun intended) into Munich, Germany to partake in the festivities. Densely packed tables in tents seated the revelers as they enjoyed the authentic beer and cuisine of Germany.
2020 is anything but a normal year, and in April, Dieter Reiter, Mayor of Munich, announced the cancellation, visibly disappointed by the turn of events. “A decision that saddens us all: It affects me, deeply and personally. A festival for millions, which stands for Munich, for the joy of life, for Bavaria, cannot take place”.
The good news is the breweries didn’t get the memo. They’ve been steadily preparing their signature offerings anyway. And so this year’s Oktoberfest, like everything else, will become a remote celebration carried out in the living rooms, kitchens and back yards of folks across the world.
So get out to your local liquor store, pick up some traditional Bavarian beer and try your hand at making your own pretzels and schnitzel… 2020 is now officially the year of the DIY Oktoberfest. Prost!