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Monday, September 14 2009

This Saturday marks the start of Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival. The main event takes place in Munich, Germany, but celebrations take place around the world in countries as varied as Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

To learn the story behind this annual event (including why it starts in September) and for a list of some of the best stateside celebrations, read our Oktoberfest feature, Welcome to the Wies'n.

Beer may be the focus, but German food, especially sausages, is an important part of any good Oktoberfest. Don't know the difference between knockwurst and bratwurst? We spoke to sausage-maker Bruce Aidells who gave us an overview of the major German sausages, suggestions for what to serve them with, and his favorite online sources.

Hosting your own Oktoberfest or looking to prepare some authentic German dishes (think Beer-Braised Sausages, German Potato Salad, Spaetzle, and Sauerkraut)? Check out our Oktoberfest recipes and menus.

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