Oktoberfest 2011 in Munich

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It’s that time of the year again. The 178th Oktoberfest, opened in Munich, Germany last Saturday. The three-week long beer festival held annually in Munich, is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.

Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served in this festival. Gigantic quantities of German beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007. A liter of beer at this year's festival costs between 8.7 and 9.2 euros. Visitors also enjoy a wide variety of traditional fare such as roast pork, grilled ham, and sausages along with Pretzel, as well as Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).

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Photos via The Atlantic, Folha.com

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