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September 01, 2010

Oktoberfest offers tradition, new experiences

 On September 18, Munich's mayor Christian Ude will tap the first keg at this year's Oktoberfest, and the festivities will continue until October 3, according to the event's website.

Though the jovial celebration is an ancient tradition, it offers new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences for those who have never witnessed the event.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Munich-based Oktoberfest, and it's likely that the anniversary will inspire even more visitors to venture to the Deutschland for a taste of the experience.

Along with a wide variety of craft beers, guests are likely to sample hearty dishes such as schweinebraten (roast pork), haxn (pork Knuckle), reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) and weisswurst (a white sausage).

Travel expert Yvonne Salisbury recently offered those who are venturing to the jubilee a few tips, on the website She suggests settling on one tent for the evening, rather than hopping from one crowded pavilion to another, and arriving at your choice of venue at 4 p.m., because the doors are often shut at 6 p.m., according to the travel website.

Those who have family or friends living in Munich, but aren't able to make this year's festivities, could use a prepaid calling card to call Germany and get a first-hand account of the 200-year-old celebration.


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