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Oktoberfest Bankett !

Published: June 20, 2009

Last night, Waldsee gathered for the closing Bankett for the One-Week Exploration villagers (GB18) and the Familienwoche (GB15/GB19) Teilnehmer (participants). König Ludwig II, king of Bavaria from 1864 until 1886, presided over the Oktoberfest. König Ludwig, or Mad King Ludwig, was known for his exhorbitant spending habits, building several extravagant castles, including Neuschwanstein. He mysteriously disappeared in 1886, and his body was later found in the Starnbergersee (Starnberger Lake), though it is still not clear whether the death was accidental, or the product of a plot. Throughout the day, various Figuren (characters), including an ambassador, the king's lover, the doctor, and the servants, asked König Ludwig for money, but they were all denied -- he needed the money to build a statue of himself on the Marktplatz and to buy the entire Laden (store). Later, when he disappeared during Oktoberfest, villagers got together to come up with theories for his mysterious disappearance! The menu included Bauernschmaus with Wurst (sausage), Speck (bacon), Bratkartoffeln (mashed potatoes) and Sauerkraut, Bretzeln (pretzels), Apfelschorle (sparkling apple juice), and berry tartlets for dessert. Below, you can see a video of the Bankett, including an accordeon performance, Schuplattler (a folk dance), and lots of polka and singing!