German Journalist Anna Clauss Feels Right at Home at Denver Oktoberfest
Anna Clauss, journalist for the German magazine Der Spiegel, is currently in Denver as a part of the Arthuer F. Burns Fellowship, which sends German and American journalists to each other’s countries on exchange. While in her new Colorado home, Clauss took the time to get a little slice of her native Bavaria at the Denver Oktoberfest.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival, which coincides with the original two-week festival in Munich. Over 250,000 people flocked to downtown Denver over six days for authentic Oktoberfest foods like jäger schnitzel, apple strudel, and fresh-baked pretzels washed down with steins of Spaten and Fraziskaner beer.
In addition to checking out the food and drink available at the festival, Clauss made sure to stop by Wunderbar Together’s very own Wiesn in a Box to grab an authentic Bavarian Lebkuchenherz, or gingerbread heart. These hearts are a tradition at the Oktoberfest in Munich, and festivalgoers typically wear them as necklaces to complement their traditional Dirndls and Lederhosen.
Clauss was delighted to see so many types of German food and drink being enjoyed by her new American friends. “It warms my heart that a tradition from my homeland spreads so much joy here and lets people celebrate peacefully together,” she said. “The real attraction of Bavarian beer culture is the friendships that last a lifetime but that are made within a day.”
While the Denver Oktoberfest brought an authentic Bavarian experience to the Rockies in many ways, there were also a few differences in how the two cultures celebrate the festival. “Americans not only have successfully copied the Bavarian Oktoberfest,” Clauss observed, “They also took it to the next level, inventing traditions that are new to me.”
These new traditions included new games and entertainment like keg bowling, stein hoisting, bratwurst eating, and the ever-popular Long Dog Derby, which brings dozens of dachshunds to the festival to race for the crown.
Check out the @WunderbarTogether Instagram story archive to see more of Denver Oktoberfest’s new traditions and activities!
Find out more about her experience at the Denver Oktoberfest in the full article in The Denver Post.
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