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"Anstich" – Opening Ceremony

O'zapft is! (It’s tapped!) - Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter traditionally opens Munich’s Oktoberfest with this cry...and then the beer can flow. Every year at 12 midday, the Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter officially opens the world’s largest carnival by tapping the keg in the Schottenhamel tent. You might be wondering how many times Mayor Dieter Reiter had to tap to open the first barrel of Oktoberfest beer this year.

The 184th Munich Oktoberfest will be officially opened at exactly 12.00 midday on 22th September 2018. Every year, the first freshly tapped Maß of beer is given to the Minister President of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer.

A gun salute is fired in the air to the Bavaria statue. This tradition goes back many years and is a sign for the landlords in the other tents that they too can now begin to sell beer.

Opening Ceremony

22 September 2018 12.00 midday
Beer tent: Schottenhamel

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