One Saturday isn’t long enough to celebrate Oktoberfest, so we’ve added a second date! This year’s festival will be held on October 11th and October 18th, from 4 – 10 pm.
On the 11th, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will open the festivities by ceremoniously tapping a cask of Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager. In Munich, this work is traditionally the Mayor’s job, so in past years we’ve had the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tait, perform this service. One year we even auctioned off the privilege to benefit CHOC (the Children’s Hospital of Orange County).
Be sure to limber up for the Chicken Dance, because our favorite oompah band, the German-American Brass Band of Southern California, will play all night. K&A’s grill will be slinging brats with potato salad and sauerkraut. Ryan and Stephanie’s Bavarian Pretzels will remind you just how deliciously tasty carbs can be.
For the 18th, we’ll kick thing off with a blast from the Alpenhorn. That’s the signal for Die Gemütlichen Schuhplattler perform traditional German dances, with live music from by Almrausch Tanzlmusi.
There’s plenty to eat from the Bavarian Pretzel People, plus Wheat and Sons Butchers will be grilling up bratwurst made especially for Anaheim Brewery – perfect with a cold glass of Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager.
Both nights feature a return of the Fine Stein Contest. Bring your best stein and compete for prizes. Or just enjoy drinking your beer from a stein.
Prost! from your hosts, Greg and Barbara Gerovac