I attended a little Oktoberfest party at my friends Ken and Steve’s tonight. The stein below is one of Steve’s collection of some 30 steins and was mine for the evening, and I got to take it home. I will post a picture of me when I get it .. but rest assured we did not put any Germans to shame with our meagre consumption of beer ! The town of Leavenworth in Seattle hosts a three-weekend Oktoberfest as well. Of course, the real Oktoberfest is in Munich this time of year – and is the largest folk festival in the world, drawing about 6 million visitors (granted, many of them from Bavaria itself). 2010 actually marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, the original one held by Crown Prince Ludwig on Oct 12, 1810 to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, five days earlier.