In the lush Calamuchita valley of the Sierras de Córdoba in Central Argentina, lies the picturesque town of Villa General Belgrano. Its name betrays its origins though, for this little town of about six thousand people is made up mostly of German immigrants. And its claim to fame: hosting the second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich!
Think Lederhosens and Dirndls, ginormous Steins brimful of Bier and plates stacked full of Wurst. Throw in a colorful parade, the traditional breaking of the keg, a Beer Queen contest, several Chicken Dances, and many thousand revelers, and you’ve got yourself a fiesta.
The celebrations kick off early in October, lasting 11 days in all. I was there for the opening weekend, accompanying a friend, who had a writing gig for VICE channel’s food blog, Munchies. Her article, This is how Argentina does Oktoberfest, was published a week later, accompanied by photos taken by me.
Since she’s already gone through the hassle of penning it all down, I’m going to leave you here with a few selected images from the fest. A full set of pics can be seen on my Flickr.
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LOL! I thought that the second largest beer fest outside of Munich was at Blumenau in Brazil! (Another town full of German immigrants that even looks like Germany). Something fishy here with these South American countries and their claims to fame, eh? Looks like you had an awesome time though.
And I even met Marianna Weickert when I was there! At a bar! Drinking beer!
One last link, I promise. Go if you can! It’s a lovely city and close to Santa Catarina and Floripa which is also beautiful!