For the European tourist arriving in Brazil, attending the Oktoberfest in Blumenau, state of Santa Catarina, won’t probably rank high among its priorities. After all, they have the real McCoy less than a couple of hour’s away from most European airports. German beer is not an item that populates the imagination of the visitor when it comes to Brazil. However, the Oktoberfest in Blumenau (the biggest of its kind in Latin America) is as legitimate a representative of the cultural diversity of Brazil as capoeira in Salvador or samba in Rio de Janeiro.
[photo by ariel martini reproduced under a Creative Commons licence]
Blumenau’s Oktoberfest takes place in an area of heavy German colonization. The 2009 edition will take place between 1 and 18 October and it will be a very special edition as it happens one year after the catastrophic floods that devastated Blumenau and its region. Spirits – no pun intended, should run high. At the party’s website you will find lots of detailed information.
Category: Destination: Santa Catarina