CLOSE A warm Bavarian pretzel is one of the tastiest autumn snacks especially dipped in beer cheese. GratefulOktoberfest, like so many other events, will be far different this year due to coronavirus pandemic. The flagship celebration in Munich, which was scheduled Sept. 19-Oct. 4, was canceled in April. Many other events across the nation and around the globe followed suit.”It hurts, it’s such a pity,” Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder said in a statement. “We have agreed that the risk is simply too high.”But there are still ways to celebrate Oktoberfest, which dates back to the 1800s, at home. Brewers are still cranking out seasonal beers and there are myriad German-inspired recipes just a click away.Joshua Kleinstreuer, a writer for a healthcare company in Austin, Texas, is among those who still plan to mark the occasion. His father was born in Essen, Germany and has family who still live there. The 35-year-old visited Munich once for Oktoberfest. Celebrating stateside and keeping up traditions as best he can helps him “connect with my roots,” he said.  “I would normally celebrate Oktoberfest, like a true German, for a solid two weeks bouncing around to the different celebrations,” he said. “At least I have my stein from 2013 in Munich,


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