Traditionally Oktoberfest conjures up images of large German beer halls, however, other countries also stage their own version including Argentina. Theirs is recognised as the third most important after the original and the one held in Blumenau, Brazil.
The action takes places in the small mountain village of Villa General Belgrano in Cordoba province, central Argentina. Every October they celebrate the National Beer Festival (Fiesta Nacional de Cerveza) commemorating the real Oktoberfest in Munich, which originated there in 1810.
Villa General Belgrano was founded in 1930 by two Germans and the Alpine like village attracted immigrants from Italy, Switzerland, Austria and of course, Germany.
The event lasts for 11 days and is held in an especially created area for the occasion, the Beer Park. The beer (which comes from all round the world) is drunk in large German style tankards and each participant will most likely drink several litres. There is also plenty of German style food on offer there including sausages and apple strudel. You will probably see a few lederhosen as well!
There is a parade featuring representations of all the different nations who have contributed to the identity of this unusual village ranging from the Canary Islands to the Ukraine. The drinking usually kicks off in the afternoon with the opening of the barrels - many people try to catch some free spurts as they believe this brings them good luck. The festivities then go on for the rest of the day.
This festival has been running since 1964 and up to 50,000 people attend each year. As you can imagine, as the beer flows many new friends are made!
Cordoba is a beautiful part of Argentina and home to many beautiful estancias including Estancia Los Potreros. Why not combine the fun and frolics of the Argentine Oktoberfest along with a few peaceful days at a historic estancia? Have a look at Historic Haciendas for some inspiration on where to stay.