Oktoberfest and the Harrison Beer Festival

Oktoberfest & the Harrison Beer Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 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. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".

The yearly anniversary of this celebration is Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest has become the world's largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.  Over the past 200 years, Oktoberfest was canceled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war.

In Munich in recent years, almost 7 million litres of beer is served during the 16 day festival.
Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich. Beers meeting these criteria may be designated Oktoberfest Beer.  The Reinheitsgebot (literally "purity order"), sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law", was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the traditional criteria are:

Augustiner-Bräu
Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu
Löwenbräu
Paulaner-Bräu
Spatenbräu
Staatliches Hofbräu-München

By 1960, Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival. Since then, foreigners have pictured Germans as wearing the Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl.

Traditional Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), contain a tuft of goat hair. In Germany, goat hair was highly valued and prized.  The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. This tradition ended with the appearance of cheap goat hair imitations on the market.

There are many problems every year with young people who overestimate their ability to handle large amounts of alcohol, and who pass out due to intoxication. These drunken patrons are often called "Bierleichen" (German for "beer corpses”).

For them as well as for the general public, the Bavarian branch of German Red Cross operates an aid facility and provides emergency medical care on the festival grounds, staffed with more than 100 volunteer medics and doctors per day.

Nearly 1,000 tons of garbage result annually from the Oktoberfest.

In 2004 the queues outside the toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance. To keep traffic moving through the restrooms, men headed for the toilets were directed to the urinals (giant enclosed grate) if they only needed to urinate.

Approximately 1,800 toilets and urinals are now available during the Festival.

Harrison Festival of the Arts

Harrison Festival of the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

July 6-14 2013

“Celebrating the cultural diversity of Canada and the world, by presenting audiences with the artistic expression of diverse cultures, helping them appreciate the contributions of different cultures to our common culture.”

An explosion of color and sound, a sensory feast, a smile that reaches round the globe…for thirty-five years The Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world of art and music to our doorstep and has given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to experience worlds of sound otherwise not accessible to most.

“The Society’s commitment to its audience is to bring the best Canada and the world has to offer, while remaining accessible and inclusive.”

Phyllis (Executive Director) and Ed (General Manager) Stenson along with (over the years) a cast of thousands, have spent 31 and 26 year respectively, bringing The Festival of the Arts to Harrison Hot Springs.  Under their leadership, The Festival has grown to become a nationally recognized event and they have recently announced that after this year’s event, they will officially begin their retirement and Andy Hillhouse and Mel Dunster will be stepping up to the plate to begin organizing for Festival 2014.
Evenings in the Hall – Experience the magic of live performance in the venerable Harrison Memorial Hall.  Enjoy eight full length concerts, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings.

Music on the Beach – Enjoy musical from around the world at this outdoor stage with the mountains and majestic Harrison Lake as a backdrop.

Art Exhibit – The Festival’s visual art exhibit takes place at the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery.

Workshops – Join in participatory workshops lead by Festival performers.

Juried Art Market – July 6 – 7 and July 12, 13 & 14 – Under the tents on the grass in front of the beach.  A juried market with some of BC’s finest artists and artisans, featuring a dazzling array of hand crafted items.

Children’s Day – Wednesday, July 10 – A special day for the young and young at heart.
http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

 

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