The first Oktoberfest was held in October of 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (later King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Horse races presided over by the royal family marked an end to the celebrations, and it was later decided to annually hold the races, and thus Oktoberfest was born. Although the horse races are no longer a part of the festivities, Oktoberfest in Munich has grown into the largest festival in the world. Over in America, we seem to know it as a celebration where you eat hearty German food and wash it down with a lot of beer. Despite the fact that Oktoberfest this year was the 19th of September through the 4th of October, who says you can’t still celebrate the rest of the month with some homemade sausage?