Once upon a time, exactly 206 years ago, in a land far far away, still existing as Germany, a young Bavarian prince named Ludwig (later reigned as king) married the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (Theresa’s Meadow) in honor of the Crown Princess, although the locals have abbreviated the name to Wiesn and as it is used nowadays.
Horse races, spectacles and celebrations to honor the newlywed were repeated next year, 1811, and that launched what is now the annual Oktoberfest tradition.
Today it continues in Munich to become the world’s largest beer festival.
This event can stretch from 16-18 days, even though the celebrations in New Jersey have scaled down from 2-days to 14 days of beer tastings, german dishes and music, dance and entertainment for everyone.
Authenticity of the German cuisine is offered as specialty on our menu at Bistro 399 to make you feel as German as possible just a few miles away from your comfortable homes. Smell the aroma of sizzling bratwurst on pretzels, sauerbraten, cured meat board, giant schnitzel, wurst sampler, potato pierogi, strudel… Just come hungry and bring your good mood along with your dear friends and family.
Everyone is invited!
Whenever you hear the word Oktoberfest you think of tents with beer-lovers and sausages and people dressed with traditional German costumes; men are dressed with Sennerhut and Lederhosen and women in Dirndl. Attendees are often found wearing Bavarian hat, enriched with tufts of goat hair. In the past, the more tufts, the wealthier the carrier. Nowadays, it’s a matter of good will to wear the famously known hat.
The big show is about the German Beer. The bier is brewed very much like the reddish-amber Marzen beer that was served at the wedding in 1810. Today, biers tend to be lighter in color and body than the ones in the past. American breweries offer slightly higher percentage of alcohol in the bier that is richer in hops aroma and flavor and redder in hue.
At Bistro 399 you can treat yourself with a keg or two of good beer just for $3,99 for two weeks.
Amusement attractions, happy people, a lot of food and beer, cheerful music, tempting sounds to the dancing floor… all so royal and highly privileged to be a part of… And as every tale about prince and princesses ends – They lived happily ever after … having a beer and wurst at Bistro 399.