Beer, Wine and Spirits. Tastings and Travel. News and Events. Classic Flavors from Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across the Drinks World.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Oktoberfest Totals Staggering

The 173rd Oktoberfest wrapped up in Munich on Sunday and reports from organizers of totals from the 18-day party are amazing:

-- A total of 6.5 million people attended this year's celebration -- up 400,000 from last year.

-- Beer consumption was up 5 percent, reaching 6.1 million liters.

-- 102 oxen were consumed as part of the tons of food that were served.

-- Security guard seized 220,000 beer mugs from attendees trying to leave with souvenirs.

-- Police reported dangerous assaults were up by 25 percent to 137. A total of 61 people were hit by flying beer mugs, while 10 rapes were reported on or near the Oktoberfest grounds.

-- At the lost and found the items waiting to be claimed include a set of dentures, a pair of braces, a hearing aid, a Swiss mountain dog and a traditional dirndl dress.

No comments: