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Which Came First … Oktoberfest or the Harvest Festival?

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OktoberfestOktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer – which is held annually in Munich. Running from late September to the first weekend in October, it is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair (with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year).  It first took place in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and citizens of Munich were invited to attend wedding festivities held in the fields in front of the city gates.

The Harvest Festival is traditionally held on the Sunday nearest the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (around Sept. 23).   Although there were a number of customs established around the gathering of the final harvest in the sixteenth century, the modern British tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches only began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall.

We are celebrating Oktoberfest here at Whyte & Brown with our Oktoberfest Evening Special – Burger of the Day, Chips, and your choice of Craft Beer for just £14.95.