Thirsty tourists to descend on Brazil for beer festival

30th Sep 2013

Brazil-bound beer drinkers should find city breaks to Blumenau just the thing to quench their thirst next month.

Thursday (October 3) sees the start of an Oktoberfest beer festival, second only to Munich's in size, in which more than 1.1 million pints are expected to be consumed.

Bustling Blumenau in the south Brazilian state of Santa Caterina expects to welcome almost 500,000 revellers until October 30 for draught-drinking merriment.

It will help begin to focus the world's gaze upon Brazil before other prestigious festivals and events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

October's Brazilian bash showcases German cultural celebrations, including traditional German dancing parades with a dash of Latin samba, funfairs and the eagerly awaited Oktoberfest Queen contest.

Brazil's German immigrant communities started the festival in 1984.

They aimed to pay tribute to their German roots and heritage of their ancestors who moved to the South American country more than 160 years ago.

It has been hugely popular ever since.

Revellers soaking up the 25 degree heat can pick from more than 25 beers on tap to wash down a wide variety of German sausages and other culinary treats.

Beers include famous lagers such as Brahma and regional draughts such as Wunder Bier and Schornstein.

Organisers expect that more than 652,000 litres of beer (1,147,359 pints) will be supped over the festival period.

Tickets for the opening day ceremony and celebrations are free.

Local tourism hotspots include the Beer Museum and Spitzkopf Peak.

Blumenau, which is home to renowned supermodel Gisele Bundchen, is nicknamed "Brazil's Europe" and hosts typical German architecture.

The town was founded in 1850 by German pharmacist Hermann Bruno Otto von Blumenau, who reached the mouth of the river Velha aboard a small boat with 17 other Germans.

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