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October 1, 2011

It’s October.  Trees start to show more colours.  Leaves started falling last week. But more importantly, it’s Oktoberfest.


Neighbour's Octoberfest Flyer

Is it a church event in Saint Joseph’s church in Sassafras & 23rd Street, or is it time for some German (Bavarian) beer?

In America, (especially North Dakota), you’ve gotta have beer in this fest(ival).   Little did I know (until I learned about it from a Yahoo video), that this festival started in 1810 with no beer and just horse-riding (or racing).  Now, you barely see a horse and beer, especially GERMAN beer is a necessity.  In fact, it was not until 1890 that you see Wurstl.

North Dakota has almost half its population who claim they’re of German decent.  In fact, they’re so German, they named their capital city Bismark after Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor 1862-1890.

If you think you can learn anything German (culturally) in American Oktoberfest, think twice:

Instead of Wiesn Hendl chicken, you’ll probably see Buffalo wings.

Instead of Schweinebraten roast pork with braised cabbage or sauerkraut, you may see just BBQ ribs ( not even pull pork,).

German Weiss wurst (white sausage)

White Sausages?

Instead of Wurstl or Weisswurst (white sausage), you’ll see American hot dog, so full of calorie, you’ll regret eating it days after it’s absorbed in your bloodstream.

Just look at this picture of Oktoberfest notice and see the stereotypical idea of what an American thinks German is all about:

picture of a german guy in shorts with handful of beer

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