Oktoberfest is kind of a new tradition in Norway – another proof of that the world becomes smaller and that habits and cultural occasions are adapted. Well, don’t misunderstand: even from the Viking period, Norwegians have celebrated harvest and made beer from grain and aquavit from potatoes. Great feasts were held to celebrate the harvest, it’s just that they didn’t call it Oktoberfest.

My company was invited by our copy print provider – NetPrint – and as a party boy, of course I said yes:

OktoberFest in Oslo 2009 #1

The original “Oktoberfest”:
occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810: For the commemoration of their marriage, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race (the marriage took place on October 12; the horse race on October 17 — therefore, there are different dates named as being the first Oktoberfest).
Now it’s known as the Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World. In 1999 there were six and a half million visitors to Theresienwiese – most of them from Bavaria, but also from the surrounding EU countries and non-European countries including the United States, Canada, India, Japan, Brazil and Australia.

NetPrint’s Oktoberfest:
They make a lot of efforts and plan this very seriously. To set the right mood, a brass band was playing at the entrance (and I had my mobile phone at hand so I could share the spirit with you of course):

The food is of course true to the Bavarian tradition and so are the server’s costumes:
OktoberFest in Oslo 2009 #3

You might like to have a closer look:

OktoberFest in Oslo 2009 #4
Food: Haxn (knuckle of pork), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Würstl (sausages) and of course Sauerkraut (cabbage). Drinks: Beer and snaps (Bommerlunder).

NetPrint’s staff is very creative. Not only do they make promotional posters and delicate brochures, the also transform their garage into a Beer Hall:
OktoberFest in Oslo 2009 #2

Some of my colleagues and other costumers of NetPrint’s: We all are party boys and girls in an atmosphere like this. My thanks to the host for making this an unforgettable feast!

What’s on in Oslo?
Talking about all that happens in Oslo, Norway – and what I try to give you a glimps of. Now you are able to take part and meet up with other bloggers to explore and experience yourself. I keep on planning for the Oslo Blog Gathering 2010 – don’t forget to mark your calendar!


  1. Looks y’all had a grand time, but I was a bit disappointed that you didn’t don lederhosen to join in the mood, Renny. ;o)

    The food looks yummy! All of those things are available at our area markets, which speaks to the huge influence of German immigration to the U.S. My mother’s maiden name was Headrick, so I have German ancestors.

    Enjoy your Fall season, my friend. We’re to have frost tonight for the first time this season.

    Love and hugs,


  2. I would have liked to see you in those cute little German shorts too!! Glad you had fun, next time bring me home some of those German sausages!!

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  4. Ah what fun! I enjoyed the concert too.

  5. You really would have made a dashing figure in Lederhosen ;-)

    Oktoberfest is big here in Canada – especially around Kitchener, ON.

  6. There are Oktoberfest festivities a couple hours away in Kitchener/Waterloo next weekend.

  7. I had always thought is was in Munich only!

    I’m not a beer drinker at all, between us, I can’t even stand the smell. I guess something is wrong with me :lol: But I’d go for the picture opportunities and the atmosphere.

    On another topic, I was browsing the program for the Oslo BG and I must say I’m quite impressed by your organization. It looks very professional and I’d love to be here. Now, I’m having some trouble panning “that far” ahead but I must say I’m seriously considering it.

    Note that I want to go, it’s just the material side of it I have to ponder ;-)

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  9. That surely looks like a lot of fun!!!
    We also have our Oktoberfest here in the Philippines. I didn’t the schedule for this year yet, but probably end of this month. Let’s see. Last year, a few roads in one of our commercial district here in Manila were closed to traffic because of this festivity…

  10. Aww this looks familiar! hehe It’s great to know that Norway has its own version of Oktoberfest. So how much barrel err,pitcher of beer did you manage? :)

    Btw,my first time to attend this fest. I was so shocked to realize the big diff. of mug & pitcher in EU standard.For EU mug,it’s pitcher in our standard so when I ordered 1 mug,I got huge pitcher of beer.Boy,that was rather a quirky experience for me and husband just giggled in front of my face,typisch ?lol

    have a lovely week,too renny! best regards

  11. I love Oktoberfest. It’s a wonderful fun time. Looks like you all had a terrific time as well. Good for you.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Diane. :)

  12. love the hat Renny :)
    thanks for the invite to your 2010 blogfest :)..
    sounds like it will be an amazing event!!!

  13. Cheers Renny, love the outfit and ur hat! :)

  14. oooooh thanks a mill for the invite too, Norway is too far away for me and oh so expensive to get there although I do wish I’d get to visit there one day. Your place looks absolutely gorgeous from all ur pictures here. Have a terrific week! :)

  15. Sounds you had a terrific day at oktober fest!!!
    Thanks to share so well the atmosphere !!! I would want to taste a little of all that delicious beer!!!

  16. Based on the size of those beer glasses I’d say it was a party!

  17. You look like a REAL Bavarian “Hansi”…LOL… I liked this post!! :)

    Sue’s Daily Photography

  18. Hi Renny!

    I’ve never been to a oktoberfest but in Brazil is fun fest and this Oktoberfest happens in the city of Blumenau. Here is the site of the event in Brazil: http://www.oktoberfestblumenau.com.br/

    I love this post and all you write! And this I thought very amazing! The video you put on you tube is very special too! Congratulations! I want to go to Norway as soon as possible hahahahahaha!

    Best regards,

  19. Pic’s are great looks like a good time my friend He!He!He!.But for me i learnt a lot here.Thanks once again :) .

  20. I hope next year you dress up too.
    I few of my friends went to Germany for it this year and said it was awesome – will have to send them to Norway for 2010

  21. Awesome event Renny! I like the pictures and ooohh that’s a nice looking sausage!

  22. Hey Renny!

    I saw the OsloBG page and it looks great! I will post about by the end of this week! Do you think that the HTML code would fit the sidebar?
    So far it looks pretty good and well planned; I am waiting to read more about it!

    Anyway, nice party going on here lol: you do know how to have fun!!

    I believe these are the second set of Oktober party pics that I see…

    Have a great rest of the week,

  23. Haha, we import lot’s of traditions orginated other places here to Oslo. At least those that can give us an excuse to Party, like St. Patrick, Halloween, Valentine etc.
    May be it’s not that strange since Oslo is very cosmopolitan.

    Great Blog my Friend

    btw. I’m no able to post photos again, and we continue our jurney to south of France.
    And still wait for Baby Vagabond. If nothing have happened until Monday, then with help of medicins it will happen.

  24. I must agree with some of the others: I wanted to see you in those lederhosen…. ha ha… Oktoberfest is great – wherever in the world it is :-P

    We hope to be there at the blog gathering next year, will do all in our power to be there :-)

    (I’ll soon start to help you to promote it more)

    I’ll see if I can make it with the right costume next year ;-)

    You know we really hope you can join us and thanks for all your support!

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  26. Sounds like fun and where are the lederhosen???

    I would love to be at the bloggers’ gathering next year. When are you thinking of having it? Summertime, I hope. I can’t buy warm enough clothes in Queensland.

    The blog gathering will be in August so your summer wardrobe will be fine. Please read the official site for details: http://www.terella.no/oslobg/

  27. ooooh, love oktoberfest, went to them as a kid in Canada, in Kitchener Waterloo where there is a signficant German heritage! Of course, I couldn’t drink beer then (though I got the occassional sip), but loved the buxom serving wenches… guess it all really started when I was 10…

  28. Renny,
    good going, I bet you had fun.
    Good bier, good Bavarian food.

    But the music was Route 66. Not very much “Lederhosen”? :-)

    be good,

  29. What a disappointment! Why aren’t you in the costume? :P

    The sausages and meat looks so tempting! I need to get me some German sausages and pork knuckles!

  30. I see! So ‘Oktovberfest’ means “Festival of October” if I understand this post right. The peice of music is charming and the whole idea of the festival!

  31. Hi,
    Thank you.This festival is a idea of enjoy with nature.I love it.

  32. michaela maierhold

    Hallo ihr ,möchte mich bewerben für´s oktoberfest bei euch ,seid 4 Jahren Arbeite ich schon in München auf der Wiesen .bitte um Rückmeldung Danke Lg Maierhold

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