It’s important for me to make my freedom time as interesting and fun as possible. OK, I have my days but I try my best to celebrate life in as many different ways as I can. This makes the weeks and months special and I have tons of fun with my friends and family too!
As I’ve pointed out before, I love to travel and if I had my way, I’d travel internationally every month. But, since I can’t for the moment, I’ll just do the next best thing…If I can’t travel to the festival, the festival will just have to travel to me.
What better way to learn about a country, its culture, sample the food and drink and have lots of fun with friends and family, than to experience snippets of some of the best festivals in the world?
I pick a couple of festivals that interest me (for instance: St Patrick’s Day, Cinqo de Mayo, Robbie Burns Day), research and make a few dishes from that festival/country, invite a few friends, get some of the music (streaming radio on-line, downloading an album from iTunes or buying a CD from your local thrift store), and if you really want to go all out, put on a hat or shirt that may resemble the dress of that fest. It may sound silly, but try it – you just might have some fun and give you and your friends something to talk about!
My favourite festival this time of year is OKTOBERFEST which began on September 21st until October 6th. It’s a 16 day festival that celebrates beer! Oktoberfest is actually a very important part of Bavarian culture which began as a royal marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810. The citizens of Munich were all invited to the celebration – it was a several day event which ended with horse races. It must have been a lot of fun because it became an annual event since (minus the horse races). You can find out more about it here and check out the Oktoberfest webcam.
The traditional food served during the event is typically chicken, roast pork, grilled ham hocks, sausages like bratwurst and weisswurst, brezeln (pretzels), knodel (potato dumplings), potato pancakes, sauerkraut, rotkohl(red cabbage)and of course….lots of beer.
I chose to make sauerkraut baked with 3 types of german sausages, smoked pork chops, rotkohl, knodel, prezels and of course German beer. We listened to a “Best of” German Music Favourites” CD and had a blast! Try it – you just might find you’ll have some fun and like the Oktoberfest, these “do it yourself at home festivals” will become an annual event that everyone will look forward to for years to come. What do you do to make your month special? HOME