By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman and Hofbräuhaus photographer)
The historic Oktoberfest festival began in 1810 as a celebration of the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig in Munich, Germany.
The people were invited to the fields in front of the city gates.
Every year they kept adding events, roller coasters, carousels and more.
The Oktoberfest became the largest festival in the world.
Usually the Oktoberfest is a two-week festival, but at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas you have six weeks to celebrate.
Siegfried & Roy kicked off the first ceremony and there will be a different celebrity host each week.
Some of the celebrities will include: Jan Roven (Riviera), Claire Sinclair (“Pin Up”-Stratosphere), Beetles Show (Planet Hollywood), Jubilee (Ballys), Australian Bee Gees (Excalibur), American Idol winner Taylor Hicks (Paris), Frankie Morino (Stratosphere) and others.
The celebrity host enters at the door and walks in parade-style across the beer hall to the bandstand. Here the host stands in front of the keg of beer for a ceremony.
Guests are toasting, taking pictures and standing on the tales to see everything. Then the host pours the first beer, tastes it and begins to continue the walk to the beer garden.
The Hofbräuhaus is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas.
They have faithfully recreated the world’s most famous beer hall, just as the original looked centuries ago in Munich, Germany. The Hofbräuhaus represents their time honored traditions.
The atmosphere is like a movie set.
During the evening, a band plays while guests participate in stein holding contests, Jägermeister spankings and other fun activities.
When guests enter the beer hall, they are surprised to see such a huge room. There is a feeling of being at a party.
Guests can yell, sing and toast with their glasses in addition to participating in the activities.The Hofbraus Las Vegas is at 4510 Paradise Road, across fromthe Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
For information about the guest hosts or the restaurant, call (702)-853-BEER (2337.
|History–1589 – The founding of Hofbräuhaus:|
|Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria (1579-1597), had a thirsty and demanding household. They were dissatisfied with the beer brewed in Munich, and so beer had to be imported from the town of Einbeck in Lower Saxony. Wilhelm ordered his retinue to think of ways of reconciling cost and pleasure, and on September 27, 1589, his chamberlain and counselors Ch. Strabl, A. Amasmeyr, S. Prew and G. Griesmair submitted a suggestion: why not build a brewery?Wilhelm was delighted with the idea and on the very same day (!) recruited the brewmaster of Geisenfeld Monastery, Heimeran Pongraz, to plan and supervise the construction of Hofbräuhaus (the “ducal brewery”), and to be its first master brewer.|
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years.
Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974.