Clothing: At Oktoberfest, you’re going to see a lot of German outfits, some traditional and some not so much. Here’s how you can identify what everyone’s wearing.
o Dirndl: (Dern-dull) The traditional German dress that you’ll see many lovely ladies and a few adventurous men wearing. This dress is German-engineered to highlight every woman’s assets.
o Lederhosen: (Lay-der-hose-in) This word literally translates to “leather pants.” You’ll see a lot of men wearing these trousers, some short and some to the knee, held up by a pair of leather suspenders. It’s been Oktoberfest-proven that when you wear lederhosen, your Bier tastes better and the Frauleins find you irresistible.
o Ladyhosen: (Lay-dee-hose-in) Some women at Oktoberfest decide to get in on the leather pants party too. When a lady wears Lederhosen, they are simply referred to as Ladyhosen.
Food and Beverage: Oktoberfest is a celebration of life and happiness, and that just couldn’t happen without great eats and libations. For those that think the German language is hard, I just tell them, “Beer is Bier and bread is Brot. What more could you need to know?”
o Noch ein Bier, bitte: (nock ine beer bit-a) Because I know you won’t want just one, this is how you ask for “Another beer, please!”
o Prost!: (Prōst) Its easy to remember because it rhymes with toast. This is how we say, “Cheers!” Sometimes you’ll hear ein Prosit this means “a toast.”
o Brezeln: (Bray-tsuln) “Pretzel”. You’ll be wanting lots of our giant, soft pretzels to go with your beer.
o Wurst: (virst) Sausage.
o Guten Appetite!: (goo-ten app-a-teet) The German version of bon appetite.
Event terms: These are things you’re going to hear on stage. Knowing them will help you understand what’s going on.
o Gemütlichkeit: (gu-moot-lish-kite) This word has a very broad meaning. It is an atmosphere of comfort, peace, and acceptance, and it is what Oktoberfest is all about.
o Ozapft is!: (Ō-tsapft is) literally means “It’s tapped!”. This is the traditional opening cheer for Oktoberfest when the first keg is tapped.
o Familiennachmittag: (fam-ill-ee-in-nock-mit-tog) “Family afternoon”. At Alpine Village Oktoberfest, our Familiennachmittag is on Sunday, and it is German fun for toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between.
o Schunkeln: (Shoon-kulln) It’s the perfect dance for drinking because you don’t have to leave your seat. At Oktoberfest we sit on long benches and when the Schunkeln song comes on, everyone locks arms and sways back and forth.
o Zillertaler Hochzeits Marsch: (tsill-er-tall-er hock-tsites march) This is a traditional Bavarian wedding dance. Couples wrap one arm around their partner and clasp hands keeping the other arm strait like an arrow, and they skip in the direction the arrow is pointing then swap arms and change direction. It’s a lot of fun and a great cardio workout.
The people of Oktoberfest: We at Alpine Village have a designated team of talented performers whose entire jobs are to keep you entertained and promote Gemütlichkeit.