The festival has since been held yearly and has expanded to other cities across the world, modeled on the original Munich event. In the year 1811 following the royal wedding, the event was combined with a state agricultural fair, and by 1818 the event included booths that sold food and drink, including beer.
By the late 20th century, these booths evolved and each of the Munich breweries at Oktoberfest would erect temporary structures using their woodworking skills. The beer halls were erected out of plywood with interior balconies and bandstands seating up to 6000 people. The brewers would also participate in a parade, travelling on a beer wagon or float.
These days, the festival still carries on with traditional food and folk costume, but also includes amusement rides, side stalls, music, dancing and games.
Importantly, the celebratory coming together of people is what shines through the festivities and the joyous sharing of food and culture.