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					The first Oktoberfest took place in Munich on October 18, 1810 and has since become
known as the Largest Peoples Fair in the World. More than 6 million people usually
attend Oktoberfest in Munich. The festivities at Oktoberfest include traditional foods,
music, beer and carnival-like rides, to name a few.

Currently there are 14 main tents at Oktoberfest. Each tent is different; the most
important tent is Schottenhamel because it is where Oktoberfest starts. On the first
Saturday of the event, no beer is allowed to be served until the mayor of Munich taps
the first keg; only then can the other tents begin to serve beer. Read more about the
various Oktoberfest tents in travel magazines like Conde Nast Traveler, Budget Travel
and Travel + Leisure magazine.

Attendees eat large amounts of traditional Bavarian food that includes roast pork,
grilled fish on a stick, sausages, pretzels, dumplings, potato pancakes, sauerkraut and
other delicacies. Read more about making your own traditional Oktoberfest food in
cooking magazines like Food & Wine magazine, Bon Appetit and Food Network
magazine.

Beer is one of the main attractions of Oktoberfest. 6 million liters of Bavarian beer are
drunk at the festival every year, believed to be the best in the world for its 'pure' mix
of hops, barley and water. Learn more about the beer of Oktoberfest in beer
magazines like All About Beer magazine, Draft magazine and Brew Your Own Beer
magazine.

Each year there is a lot of hype surrounding how much a pint of beer will cost. This
year the price of a pint has gone up again for Oktoberfest 2009, according to a news
magazine. Munich City Council has announced a price increase of 3.8% from last
year. The news is disappointing to fans of the annual beer fest, with prices already
hiked up an extra 5% in 2008.

As part of Oktoberfest commemorative beer mugs or steins are made each year. They
are made from heavy glass and usually have a decorative brewery logo on the side,
thus making them very popular souvenirs among visitors. The steins are purchased in
the tents. There is also a general Oktoberfest souvenir mug which shows each year's
Oktoberfest poster; these mugs are made of clay instead of glass and are available
with a pewter lid.

Regular Oktoberfest attendees often return with steins from previous years,
demonstrating their passion for Oktoberfest.

				
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