Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest is set to kick off on September 20, but if Bavarian bakers don’t get their way, there may be a shortage of one of the festival’s most prized traditional offerings, the pretzel.
The NGG gastronomy union, which represents 48,000 bakers in the southern Bavarian state of Germany, is pushing for a 6.5% wage increase and so far has not been able to accomplish their goal. Mustafa Oz, the union’s deputy regional president, told Focus that if “we don’t get any further by mid-September, we’ll strike in the bakeries. Then there will be a lack of pretzels and bread rolls” available at Oktoberfest.
Organizers for Munich’s Oktoberfest appear to be confident that there will still be a supply of salty pretzels to go along with the beer, telling NBC News that after speaking with one of their supplies, they were ensured that deliveries will occur.
There are still a few more days before the two-week festival gets underway, so anything can happen, including a deal that the NGG union finds favorable. If not, the roughly 6.5 million visitors may have to find alternative treats to go with their steins of beer.