The matriarch of Block K, Julia, has been working the Hofbräu tent for 19 years. During the other 11 months, she works as a food stylist and cookbook author, with her second beer garden-themed book about to hit the shelves. She assembled her special six-person unit over many years, and each woman plans her vacation time around the 16 day-festival.
Julia plays den mother and helps each woman learn the ropes at the HB tent, and enforces rules they happily follow; most importantly, that they spend time together during the year. The women meet regularly to have drinks, make dinner, hike in the Alps, and escape for short getaways.
The physically and mentally exhausting nature of the Oktoberfest fortnight requires trust that’s cultivated in familiarity. Each server needs to know she can lean on her fellow team members when she’s endured so many boob ogles, grabby hands, and sawdust-covered blobs on the floor. Worming your way through 10,000 sweaty, beer-swilling revelers 12 hours a day for 16 days straight tests the limits of even the most crowd-loving extrovert.