WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST?
Oktoberfest is the Worlds largest beer and folk festival. It traditionally takes place in Munich, Germany from mid September and lasts 18 days.
The event has attracted an international following - this year 5.9 million people descended on Munich to attend while other cities across the world hold Oktoberfest style celebrations based on the Munich event.
During the festival, giant tents capable of holding thousands of revellers are erected and over 6 million litres of beer is drunk. Bavarian music plays in the afternoon and often gives way to more modern pop music in the evening.
Oktoberfest began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sace-Hildburghausen. The royal newlyweds deemed the party so great that they wanted to repeat it every year and so Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich every fall since then.
Twinned City with Ingelheim
Stevenage is twinned with the German city Ingelheim. The Stevenage - Ingelheim - Autun Association promote friendship and understanding between the towns of Stevenage, Ingelheim in Germany and Autun in France. Ingelheim is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany on the Rhine’s west bank.
The town has a population of about 25,000. It's located within the Mainz-Bingen district holding 66 cities and a collective population of 200,000. Ingelheim is the home of Boehringer Ingelheim who are a pharmaceutical company ranked within the worlds leading 20 pharmaceutical companies. The formal twinning of these towns was established in 1963.