The "Tapping of the Firkin" is an Oktoberfest tradition!
When: Friday, October 5 at 7:45pm
Where: Festhalle Main Stage
What: A proper kickoff to our Oktoberfest Northwest weekend!
Who's Performing: the queen of oktoberfest, manuela horn will host & lead the music!
The first Oktoberfest was held in honor of the wedding of the Bavarian crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The festival was repeated the same time the following year which signified the start of ongoing festivals in October.
It wasn't until the 1950s that the tradition of the "tapping of the firkin" (beer keg) was started by Mayor Thomas Wimmer. The mayor tapped the keg and called out "O'zapft is!" which means the keg has been tapped.
Thus, the tradition of tapping the first keg for the opening ceremony begun. Prost!