MUNICH, Germany – 12 o’clock – high noon in the “Schottenhamel” beer tent: By tapping the first barrel of beer, Dieter Reiter started the 182nd Oktoberfest.
After his debut at the Oktoberfest in 2014, Dieter Reiter, Mayor of Munich, has started the Oktoberfest by tapping the first barrel of beer in the Schottenhamel tent. He improved last year’s performance of four strikes and drove the tap into the barrel with just two strikes this year, concluding the ceremony with the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!”
The first mug of beer was then handed to the Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer.
Dieter Reiter ended the opening ceremony by wishing everyone a peaceful Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest.de would like to join Dieter Reiter with this wish and hopes that everybody will have a great time in Munich.
About Munich’s Oktoberfest :
The Munich Oktoberfest (Munich Beerfest) is one of the most famous events and the world’s largest fair. Oktoberfest 2015 will be no exception. With some six million people attending every year, it is an important part of Bavarian culture.
Munich’s Oktoberfest began with the Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810 and attended by the local community. Today the Munich Beer fest traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October with Oktoberfest 2015 starting on Saturday, 19th September until Sunday the 4th of October.