Yes, there is even an Oktoberfest in Palestine!
What was once a simple beer celebration in the southern part of Germany, has now become an international phenomenon. No corner of the world is excluded from the beer guzzling and pretzel gorging festival. If you thought that Oktoberfest was just a German thing, think again. Check out our list of Oktoberfest celebrations in places that will surprise you!
1. Blumennau, Brazil
Brazilians like to party, so it’s no wonder that when they are not holding carnival,they find another reason to celebrate in the streets. The population is in Blumenau is over 95% of German heritage (hence the city’s name). It also holds the title for the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany attracting around 700 thousand people a year. For more info on the this Brazilian-style Oktoberfest, check out OktoberfestBlumenau.com.br/.
2. Taybeh, Palestine
The first thing you think of when you think of Palestine is certainly NOT beer or even festival for that matter. But this is one the largest celebrations in the West Bank. For two days in October, Muslims, Jews and Christians alike come together to have a beer or two. Check out this video about Taybeh beer in Palestine and the 2010 Oktoberfest.
3. Cincinnati, USA
Believe it or not, this city in the midwestern United States is the host of the largest domestic Oktoberfest. Okay so its sponsored by Sam Adams, which is by no means represents German beer, but who cares? 500,000 people attend the annual event for a some heavy ‘bier trinken’! Visit Oktoberfestzinzinnati.com
4. Saigon, Vietnam
Saigon is probably one place you would have never expected to throw a huge Oktoberfest party, but come October and this southeast Asian city is all about the beer. For 19 years and counting, the German consulate has brought a taste of Munich to Saigon. If you happen to be in Vietnam this fall, visit OktoberfestVietnam.com for more information and tickets.
5. Windhoek, Namibia
Namibia is a former German colony in Africa. The influence of German culture and the relatively large umber of German ex-pats living in Namibia has created an Afro-Germanic culture unlike anywhere in the world. Needless to say, Oktoberfest in Namibia is a pretty big deal.