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Oktoberfest Blumenau

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Blumenau doesn't sound like a very Brazilian name does it? If you think it sounds more European you're getting warmer, if you jumped straight to German then you're hot, or else just assumed that since they have the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in South America then they must have some link to Oktoberfest's fatherland. But the festival doesn't go back as far as the city's founding, just to the 80s, when severe flooding left the town in need of funds and they held an Oktoberfest to raise them, liked the idea and stuck with it.

Brazil does partying well, and they've added their own local take on it – imagine polka meeds samba and you'll have an idea, but the traditions of women and big jugs works for both.

The all important ingredient: Beer, is provided by local breweries Eisenbahn, Bierland, Wunder Bier, Das Bier, Gaspar, Schornstein, Pomerode, and Opa Bier, as well as the national brand Brahma.

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