Even though Oktoberfest has worldwide recognition, every town in Germany pretty much has their own own beer or wine festival. In Erlangen, the Bergkirchweih (Berg for short or Berch in Franconian), is an outdoor event that lasts for about 2 weeks.
If the weather is nice, it’s great to spend the evening outside, drinking beer and dancing on tables. That’s right. Conservative, standing and waiting for the green light to cross at 2 a.m., law-abiding, yelling at you for not following the rules Germans. All up on the benches, dancing to Schlager music and American oldies that my parents jam to… surfing USA… inside outside USA… (breaks into old school dance while singing song out loud).
So, yea, dancing on tables is fine and dandy, as long as you aren’t too drunk to fall down on random people. Of course, as luck would have it, one drunk guy fell on my friends and I three times. After the second time, I turned around and let the Brooklyn out.
The cool thing about the Berch is that you can visit all the beer cellars. Each cellar features their own band. I think Birkner’s has the best band. They sang a mix of German and American songs and the atmosphere was great!
Over the last couple of years, traditional Bavarian clothing, such as lederhosen and dirndls have become the outfits of choice. I’ll elaborate on this more in another post, but I really love looking at all the traditional outfits (unfortunately, none are in the photo I snapped to the right).
I’ve gone to the Berch the last two years that I’ve lived here, but I sincerely doubt I’ll make it next year. Say wha?! Stay tuned and find out why… I promise I won’t wait months to share my news ;).
Till then – PROST! (German for “cheers!”)