Oktoberfest Music Performed By

The Rheinlander Ompah Band, Vancouver

..................it's all about oompah band music

it's all about the world's 

biggest beer festival


....................it's all about

 The Rheinlander Oompah Band 

Oktoberfest  Experience -Beer 


208th Oktoberfest In 2018 
September 22nd to October 7th

How Oktoberfest Began

The oompah band tradition began with the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (later known as King Ludwig The First) to Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen, (hence the name of the Thersienwiese or Therese's green), on October 12, 1810.

Five days later, the National Guard organized a large public horse race to ensure that the Bavarian folk could also partake in the wedding celebration and dance to the oompah band music .  It was decided that the festival should be repeated at the same time the following year, which marked the birth of the "October - Festivals." The colors of the Bavarian Kingdom are represented with blue and white checkers as displayed by this bavarian hat.

During The Oompah Band Oktoberfest Celebration, Beer Should Be 
Consumed In Style

            Ein Prosit

The proper way to drink Beer with The Oompah Band, Rheinlander Style is to use the Masskrug (measure) or seidel.  It is the only one that can hold the proper measure that is the mass of one litre.  It is sad that so many only serve Beer in smaller measures.  This means that waitresses have to make many more trips and that one runs out of Beer way before it is time!  If you cannot deal with a full litre of Beer at a time......the answer is clear!  Practice makes perfect.


Many Rheinlander Oktoberfest Oompah Band celebrants and organizers forget all about Schnapps.  This grand drink is an important part of the true Oktoberfest celebration and should not be neglected.  It is generally provided by vendors who carry bottles of Schnapps in buckets of ice.  They will wait as your drain your measure!  Schnapps provides strength and vitality as well as many trace elements derived from herbs.  Don't celebrate without it.  The usual measure is 2 centilitres.  In Bavaria it is called a "Stamperl" (a shot glass).  If need be, it can also be served as a double - 4 centilitres.

The History Of The Lederhosen, Worn By The Rheinlander Oompah Band

Lederhosen is defined as leather pants but in Bavaria and Austria it specifically means the Trachten (traditional cultural garment) worn by woodsmen and folks in rural areas.

Some private companies began to manufacture the lederhosen and accessories in the 1830's for broad consumption and in turn, became very popular.  Europeans began to immigrate and soon the lederhosen was worn by Austrians, Bavarians and The Swiss all over North America to celebrate their heritage.


The Edelweiss Dance & Schuhplattler Group Austria Vancouver Club.

Lederhosen are what makes the Schuhplattler Dance effective when the slapping of the leather is synchronized with the rhythm of the music.

How To Do The Chicken Dance


What You Need:
  • A Place
  • Chicken Dance Music
  • A Group Of Fun-Loving People

Difficulty:                  Easy
Time Required:        A Few Minutes

Here's How:

1.  When you hear the first cheeps of the  Chicken Dance, run to dance floor and join the forming circle.

2.  Hold your arms up in front of you, forming beaks with your thumbs and fingers.  Open and close your "beaks" four times to the music.

3.  Put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your elbows four times to the music.

4.  Bend your knees and wiggle your hips four times to the music, placing your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken.

5.  Straighten your knees and clap four times, with the music.

6.  Repeat steps 2 thru 5 four times.

7.  Join hands with the person on each side of you and skip around in a circle to the music, reversing the direction of the circle once.

8.  Repeat the entire sequence until the end of the music or until you fall on the floor.

Schuplattler Dance

The Schuplattler originated in the Bavarian Alps in 1050 AD and has  been a very important part of the cultural tradition in German Folk Dance. Most German "Folks Dance Groups" feature the Schuplattler and this dance has become very popular at all Oktoberfest Celebrations.
The Schuplattler is a Bavarian courtship dance where the woman twirls in waltz step while the man dances about her vigorously, swinging his arms and slapping his thighs and the soles of his feet before dancing the traditional waltz with her.
The Edelweiss Dancers from The Vancouver Austria Club perform as guests to put on a spectacular floor show.
Oktoberfest Foods  


It is essential to have the right food to go with the Beer and in turn, with the music. Take the time to explore these traditional Bavarian dishes:

Wiener Schnitzel

A Wiener Schnitzel is a breaded veal cutlet dipped in flour, egg and bread crumbs, then fried in butter or oil to a golden brown.


1 pound thin veal cutlets
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup fine, dry bread crumbs
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges


Season each veal cutlet with salt and pepper (both sides).  Let stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.  In the meantime, prepare your work area.  You will need 3 plates - add the flour to the first one, add the eggs to the second one and add the bread crumbs to the third plate.  Arrange the plates in a row, close to the stove.  Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet or pan over moderately high heat for about 2 minutes.  For each veal cutlet, coat the cutlet with flour, dunk it in the eggs, then coat it with bread crumbs.  Put the coated veal cutlet immediately in the hot skillet.  Cook each side for about 3 minutes or until each side is a deep golden brown.  Remove the schnitzel and place on a plate lined with paper towels (to absorb any extra oil).  Keep warm.  Serve the schnitzels warm with lemon slices.



1 1/2 pounds pork
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp caraway seed
1 large can sauerkraut, drained


  • Brown pork in 1 tablespoon fat.  When browned, add onions and brown a few minutes more.
  • Add 1/2 cup water, paprika and salt.  Simmer 1 hour.
  • Mix sauerkraut with sugar and caraway seed and stir into pork.  Simmer or steam 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve hot.