Oktoberfest in Brazil
Hundreds of thousands of beer lovers descend on the German city of Munich every year for the world-famous Oktoberfest. However, did you know that the world’s second-largest Oktoberfest beer festival takes place in Brazil?
With the world’s spotlight on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, there is another upcoming event that is drawing crowds – Oktoberfest, which takes place every year in the city of Blumenau.
Nearly half a million visitors are expected starting next week in Blumenau, Santa Catarina. Between October 3 and October 30, people will enjoy German cultural celebrations, including traditional German dancing parades with a hint of Brazilian samba, funfairs, and the hotly anticipated Oktoberfest Queen competition.
Blumenau is nicknamed ‘Brazil’s Europe’ and is home to typical German architecture. The town was founded in 1850 by German pharmacist Hermann Bruno Otto von Blumenau, who reached the mouth of river Velha on board a small boat with 17 other German farmers.
The Oktoberfest festival was originally created by German immigrant communities in 1984 who wanted to pay tribute to their German roots and the heritage of their ancestors who moved to Brazil over 160 years ago; it has been a popular event ever since.
While basking in 25-degree heat, revelers can choose from over 25 kinds of beer on tap, from famous lagers such as Brahma to regional draughts such as Wunder Bier and Schornstein, which will help to wash down the wide selection of German sausages and other local treats.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Blumenau Festival. Over 650,000 liters of beer will be consumed over the festival period. It is the largest Oktoberfest in North or South America and the second largest in the world after Munich. Local tourism highlights include the Beer Museum and Spitzkopf Peak for stunning views of the area.
Blumenau Oktoberfest:Dates: October 3 – 20, 2013 Location: Blumenau, Santa Catarina (Principally in Vila Germânica Park and Rua XV de Novembro) Tickets: Opening ceremony and day celebrations — Free
[The article appeared on the website of Travelbite]