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Meridian: Global Young Professionals OktoBREWfest Bier Tasting

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

You’ll spot some German flavor in this invitation to our Meridian: Global Young Professionals OktoBREWfest Bier Tasting on Thursday, September 14.

What we aim to celebrate at this event is not only the traditional German holiday honoring beer in English, “bier” in German but also our 2017 H. Neil Mallon Award recipient, Dallas Mavs Star, Dirk Nowitzki. He is perhaps the best-known German in town, born in 1978 in Wurzburg, Germany, home of Mozartfest, each summer since 1921.

You may have missed 2017 Mozartfest, but you can still get tickets to honor Dirk in Dallas at our Mallon Award Dinner on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Hilton Anatole – our guest speaker is author and TV host Bret Baier.

The OctoBrewfest Biertasting is limited to the first 45 people to register. There’ll be tasting, explanations and instructions in this fun pursuit of tasting a tradition at OktoBREWfest.

Oktoberfests are celebrated in September and October in assorted places in the United States and around the world. Okoberfest in Munich is regarded as “the world’s largest Volkfest.”

Our group will be celebrating what may well be the world’s largest OktoBREWfest at the Central Market Cooking School, 5750 E. Lovers Lane, in Dallas.

For the historical perspective on Oktoberfest, we turn to this report from on “The Origin of Oktoberfest.” Our story begins in 1810.

“Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates. These famous public fields were named Theresienwiese -- ‘Therese’s fields’ -- in honor of the crown princess; although locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the 'Wies’n.' Horse races in the presence of the royal family concluded the popular event, celebrated in varying forms all across Bavaria.

The decision to repeat the festivities and the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the annual Oktoberfest, which now begins in late September and lasts until the first Sunday in October. Alcohol consumption is an important part of the modern festival, and more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed annually at Oktoberfest.”

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Location: Central Market Cooking School, 5750 E. Lovers Ln., Dallas, TX 75206
Fees: $25
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