What started as a huge wedding celebration back in 1810 has now turned into an annual tradition – and not just for Munich. Our very own Addison throws a pretty awesome version. So awesome that it has been named one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations by USA Today…
I braved Addison Circle on Saturday night with best friends + 2 children in tow. Crowds were larger than usual (what recession?) so moving around with ease and buying food/drink/ride tickets proved to be a difficult task. The 30,000 square foot Spaten tent was no exception – but while annoying to navigate, it really didn’t bother us much. (If I can handle 3 days at Coachella surrounded by 150,000 people, I can handle anything.)
The energy in the tent was so amplified this year that it made the chanting, singing and dancing a little more authentic actually – definitely didn’t feel like you were in Addison Circle. The brats and German sausage were spot on, the beer lines were moving quickly and the little ones were jamming out to polka music and doing the chicken dance. Good times.
But alas, all good things come to an end – 30 minutes later in our case. Claustrophobia, partial deafness and the worst stomachaches of our lives set in, so we escaped in search of a refreshing change in venue. Which of course, was the funnel cake line. (Why do we always do this to ourselves? You know what I’m talking about – that bet you make with yourself to try and puke at festivals or carnivals? Disaster.)
While in line for our funnel cake it started to rain, but thankfully let up quickly, allowing us to journey through the mud to a safe spot to devour our (multiple) cakes. $50 in rides and a few almost concussions* later, we were happily wrapping up our night at a cool 11:30.
*Note: it is never a good idea to attempt a maze of mirrors post several beers. Ignore your urge to show off and one up little kids, and walk away.
All in all, Oktoberfest was a rousing success once again. My only 2 complaints:
1. I know the economy is bad, and selling thousands of $12 steins = profit, but even the best events go south quickly when flocks of underage kids who can’t handle their Spaten (weak) are allowed to run free. It kind of sours the mood from awesome to annoying. Especially when some of those underage drinkers hit parked cars in the parking garage on the way out…
2. We were sad to hear the Oktoberfest photo button booth didn’t show this year, it’s our tradition!
If you missed the fun, I shot some hipstamatic pics with the iphone for you (fancy camera + chasing a 7 year old = no). Enjoy!