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For two weeks every year "Die Krüge hoch" ("Up with your mugs!") can be heard echoing out from the Oktoberfest grounds into the adjacent Munich Quarters - as it has for the last 200 years. This original, bilingual illustrated book is packed with interesting facts and anecdotes about the Oktoberfest, its historical background, and the development of the beer tents and show booths. The photographs document the annual madness with charm and wit, and offer a glimpse behind the scenes - the aroma of roast chicken, sugared almonds and beer almost comes alive ... The world's largest festival owes its origins to a royal wedding held in October 1810. Locals and tourists mingle and mix for one big party, temporarily rendering the exception the rule in Bavaria's regional capital. The statistics alone are amazing: around six million visitors from around the whole world drink more than six million litres of beer, consume almost a half a million roast chickens and no fewer than 100 oxen. With this book, photographer Marden Smith and author Claudia Steiner have produced a stunning portrait of the Oktoberfest that draws the reader into the midst of the activities.
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