The beer is flowing at Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest for the primary time since 2019.
With three knocks of a hammer and the standard cry of “O’zapft is” — “It is tapped” — Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the faucet within the first keg at midday on Saturday, formally opening the festivities after a two-year break pressured by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oktoberfest has sometimes drawn about six million guests yearly to packed competition grounds in Bavaria’s capital. The occasion didn’t happen in 2020 and 2021 as authorities grappled with the unpredictable growth of COVID-19 infections and restrictions.
These worries had been put apart this yr. The town introduced in late April that Oktoberfest would go forward, and Reiter mentioned Saturday that “it was resolution”.