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article imageOktoberfest: Lively German traditions persist in Malloco, Chile Special

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 8, 2010 in World
Santiago - Descendants of 19th century German immigrants carry on with festive traditions while thousands of Chileans happily join in the festivities in southern Chile and in the town of Malloco, near Santiago.
Oktoberfest is a traditional German celebration started in Munich on October 12, 1810 with a great horse race to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxe-Hildburghausen (Theresa of Bavaria, for short). The event was very successful and it was repeated in 1811, and every year thereafter. In 1818, beer, food and sporting events were added. The celebration became the largest Volkfest in the world currently attended by over 5 million people including visitors from all over the world. In 2010, the 200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest was celebrated at "die Wiesn" in Munich, between Sept. 18-Oct. 4.
In Chile, there are a large number of people of German descent.
Picture of Karl (Carlos) Anwandter (1801-1889)  German immigrant leader and pioneer brewer in Valdiv...
Picture of Karl (Carlos) Anwandter (1801-1889), German immigrant leader and pioneer brewer in Valdivia, Chile.
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German immigration started in Chile by the middle of the 19th Century. It is estimated that between 1846 and 1914 about 11,000 Germans came to Chile, a little country in South America, near the end of the world, encouraged by a program of the Chilean government aimed to colonize and develop the inhospitable southern regions. The descendants of the German migrants became prosperous land owners and industrialists and exerted a strong influence in the economy of the region. Many German-Chileans have played an important role in the economical, political and cultural progress of the Chilean nation. Karl (Carlos) Anwandter, a prominent leader of the first wave of German colonists stated:
“We shall be honest and laborious Chileans as the best of them, we shall defend our adopted country joining in the ranks of our new countrymen, against any foreign oppression and with the decision and firmness of the man that defends his country, his family and his interests. Never will have the country that adopts us as its children, reason to repent of such illustrated, human and generous proceeding,...”
Restaurant Der Münchner during Oktoberfest at Malloco  Chile
Restaurant Der Münchner during Oktoberfest at Malloco, Chile
Bartenders dispense beer to patrons of Der Münchner Restaurant at Oktoberfest  Malloco.
Bartenders dispense beer to patrons of Der Münchner Restaurant at Oktoberfest, Malloco.
Herr Anwandter was born in Luckenwalde (Prussia) in 1801 and died in Valdivia (Chile) in 1889. He came to Chile in 1850 as a political exile after the German Revolutions of 1848. A pioneer of beer-making in Chile, he founded in 1851 the brewery Anwandter which operated in the city of Valdivia and for over a century was considered the best beer made in Chile. The big earthquake of 1960 destroyed the brewery and it was never open again. Anwandter also founded in 1852 the first company of volunteer firefighters in Valdivia, and in 1853 he opened the Anwandter pharmacy. He contributed to the establishment of the German Club (1853) and the German School (1858) of which he was the first Director.
Zillertal Orchestra plays joyful German tunes to entertain diners at Der Münchner Restaurant  Mallo...
Zillertal Orchestra plays joyful German tunes to entertain diners at Der Münchner Restaurant, Malloco.
Die Freunde Trio takes their turn playing festive music at Oktoberfest in Malloco  Chile.
Die Freunde Trio takes their turn playing festive music at Oktoberfest in Malloco, Chile.
Later on, around 1929, Europe was under a profound social and economic crisis. Thirty-eight German families decided to take a chance and move to Chile. There were enough Germans already in southern Chile, thus they decided to settle in Malloco, at the time a rural location, not far from Santiago, the Chilean capital. In their new hinterland they started a life of enterprising efforts and sacrifices, but they always maintained the traditions of their roots.
Brewer monks closely watch their beer barrel - Oktoberfest  Malloco  Chile.
Brewer monks closely watch their beer barrel - Oktoberfest, Malloco, Chile.
Cooks prepare and sell delicious German-style sausages to attendees of Oktoberfest at Malloco  Chile...
Cooks prepare and sell delicious German-style sausages to attendees of Oktoberfest at Malloco, Chile.
The number of direct descendants of Germans in Chile is now estimated between 500,000 and 600,000 of which about a third still use the German language in their daily lives. There are many German schools in Chile and although most German-Chileans practice Catholicism, many attend Lutheran church.
Thousands of liters of over 100 brands of artisanal beer produced at micro-breweries from all over t...
Thousands of liters of over 100 brands of artisanal beer produced at micro-breweries from all over the country were tasted and sold at Oktoberfest, Malloco.
Everybody had a good time either showing and describing the virtues of their products or tasting and...
Everybody had a good time either showing and describing the virtues of their products or tasting and purchasing a huge range of beers.
Chileans are welcoming to foreigners and love beer and pork sausages. Although most of the German descendants living in southern Chile celebrate the traditional Oktoberfest, because of the proximity to Santiago (about 40 Km), by far the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Chile takes place in the town of Malloco where thousands of visitors gather every year to test and buy nearly 150 varieties of carefully crafted artisanal beer varieties, to eat all kinds of typical German food specialties, including brätwursts, Eisbein (ham hock) and Sauerkraut, all washed down with copious amounts of beer, and to enjoy much singing, dancing and oom-pah music.
Several large tents were set up on the site of Oktoberfest in Malloco to provide shade to the crowds...
Several large tents were set up on the site of Oktoberfest in Malloco to provide shade to the crowds of beer drinkers.
Beer  beer and more beer...
Beer, beer and more beer...
The 6th version of Oktoberfest in Malloco took place between October 29 and November 7. Following the festivities, this Digital Journalist is slowly recovering, with fond memories of the event, and a well supplied collection of beers.
 Severe-looking  personnel of Chile s Mounted Police stayed in the background during Oktoberfest to ...
"Severe-looking" personnel of Chile's Mounted Police stayed in the background during Oktoberfest to keep the peace and provide attention to "beer corpses".
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