I did it again, went to Oktoberfest in Munich and in Blumenau. It got to see many friends there and in São Paulo again.
The All Day Singing organized by the Sacred Harp group in Munich is always a good occasion not only to sing, but also to go to Oktoberfest. It happens every year on the last weekend of Oktoberfest. Good options to avoid the crowds: Friday afternoon in the section called Oide Wiesn and Sunday morning for Weißwurstfrühstück (white sausage breakfast).
Had some serious fun singing in Munich.
Visit the part of Oktoberfest called Oide Wiesn to enjoy a calmer atmosphere and learn about the history of Oktoberfest.
Traditional music and dancing in Herzkasperlzelt
It was great to see Fernando and Tânia again. I got stuffed with feijão, tapioca and açaí 🙂
I must have eaten about half of the box of açaí (fruit sorbet) during my stay…
Tapioca is the best, if you find the ready made mix somewhere. Pour tapioca starch into the pan, wait a bit and tataaa it becomes a pancake (to be enjoyed with sweet or savory toppings, or just butter). If anybody knows where to get it in Germany let me know, because I found out that it’s actually very difficult and time consuming to make the mix by hand (grate cassava, dry it, grate it again, dry it again… or something like that).
I also discovered some new things in São Paulo thanks to my friend Gustavo:
Free tour to the top of Edificio Copan every day at 3.10pm
Sesc (near Metro stop República) has a nice café with a map of São Paulo and a water mirror. Also saw an interesting exhibition about the history of São Paulo in Sesc, 5th floor.
Blumenau in the south of Brazil hosts the second biggest Oktoberfest in the world. I went to stay with my host Tatiana from two years ago again. I made the effort to bring my Dirndl along (traditional Bavarian dress). I still can’t compete with Tatiana and her 7 Dirndls though…
Oktoberfest during the week – not too busy yet
Smoked beer, ok, I like that. But cucumber beer? I didn’t dare to try it.
Got busier later at night
More about Oktoberfest
How do you tie the Dirndl? What’s the difference between Oktoberfest in Munich and in Bumenau?
To read more about the two Oktoberfests see mydetailed post from two years ago
This weekend I’ll go to Florianópolis and finally get to use my stand up board that I’ve been dragging along.