Munich’s Oktoberfest may seem like one big celebration, but there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the beer flowing and the party hopping.
Every September, more than 6 million people — double the population of Los Angeles — descend on Munich for Oktoberfest, the world’s largest “Volksfest”. Over the two-and-a-half weeks leading up to the first weekend in October, revelers devour an assortment of traditional local foods, roam the stalls, enjoy amusement park-style rides, play games, and of course, down remarkable volumes of the region’s best beer. During the record-breaking 2013 festival, attendees drank some 7.7 million liters of beer, all of which conformed to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law.
Keeping this many attendants happy, well-fed, and full of beer is no small feat. Between security, responsible consumption, sanitation, parking, food supply, and so on, extensive logistical organization has become an increasingly critical component of a successful Oktoberfest.