With 6 million visitors each year, Oktoberfest, Munich’s famous beer festival, is now the largest festival in the world, even ahead of the Rio Carnival. For two weeks, the most influential families and restaurant owners in Munich fill the 42 hectare ‘Prairie’ with giant tents, and welcome up to 10 000 people in traditional dress. At each Oktoberfest, almost 8 million litres of beer are consumed, the equivalent of 3 olympic swimming pools!
But, the festival is not all fun and games. For Munich, Oktoberfest offers the chance to find the recipe of the year. However, due to the amount of alcohol available, fights, sexual harassment and theft are commonplace, so over 2000 police officers and security agents are constantly on the scene. Last year, the Red Cross intervened in 8,000 cases over the 15 day period, of which 10% were for alcohol induced comas.
During these two weeks, our cameras followed both sides of this crazy festival, immersing ourselves into the worlds of beer tent owners, waitresses, police officers, emergency service agents, and also the enthused festival goers. Catch a never before seen glimpse into the heart of the world’s most popular festival.