"Ozapft is !! - the start of Oktoberfest" Top 5 Page for this destination Oktoberfest Tip by globetrott
Oktoberfest, Munich: 12 reviews and 12 photos
On the 1st saturday of Oktoberfest, exactely at 12.00 noon the Lordmayor of Munich will tap the very 1st vat of beer by hand and will announce the opening of Oktoberfest with the words "O'ZAPFT IS" ( the vat is tapped)
none of the beer-tents is allowed to sell a single glass of beer, before this very first vat will be tapped correctely - and sometimes, especially for a newly elected Lordmayor it needed several attempts and maybe even some help and tricks in order to get the vat tapped....
Lots of TV-stations will watch this ceremony and make sure the new Lordmayor gets nervous eventually and I saw it once that he had to hit the vat 16 times before he could announce the opening of the fest...
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