Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa; Zicke-Zacke-Zicke-Zacke Hoy, Hoy, Hoy!
In Canada, we say “Cheers.” In Germany, it is a bit more complicated.
With Oktoberfest well on its way, I figured it is about time to teach you how to toast properly for Oktoberfest…
You can toast amongst friends or wait for a venue-wide toast to commence by the Oktoberfest officials. The toast typically consists of the enthusiastic chanting of Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa; Zicke-Zacke-Zicke-Zacke Hoy, Hoy, Hoy!
If you’re just toasting with your friends, you can still engage in this chant or you can simply clunk your steins together while saying Prost! — loosely translates into Cheers! in German. Also, the band should finish their set by saying ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit, which initiates another toast and signals a break in the music.
It doesn’t matter whether you say, Prost, Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa, or Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit, the important thing is that you have fun. There should be loads of great food, beer and good times to enjoy. Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world; get out there and enjoy this amazing tradition.
The Oktoberfest Toast is not hard to learn, but practice makes perfect… Perhaps you should pick up a six pack of Natureland’s new Festbier to practice with?