In their German enrichment sessions, our Prep and Senior linguists have been learning all about Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest ‘Volksfest’, featuring a beer festival and a travelling carnival. It is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, from mid or late September to usually the first Sunday in October, and it attracts millions of visitors from across the globe.

Rest assured, students have not been swigging any beer, but they have been investigating the event’s history and traditions, such as why it is called Oktoberfest but starts in September, and that only beer brewed within the limits of Munich can be drunk.

Marleen Mertens, German Language Assistant at King’s Ely Prep and King’s Ely Senior, said: “Oktoberfest is not just about beer! One part of the festival features more traditional elements, such as music, dancing, costumes, and food. Lebkuchenherzen are sold at Oktoberfest. The gingerbread hearts are brightly decorated with icing and often contain messages or words, such as “Ich liebe Dich” (I love you). They make popular souvenirs and gifts. All students made their own cardboard versions, which have now become part of the German Department’s wall display.”

Below, some of our Year 7 pupils are pictured with their creations!

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