Addison Oktoberfest, an Authentic Bavarian Blast

cover.1.jpg

Where can you find sauerkraut, strudels, giant pretzels and cute wiener dogs at the same place? Oktoberfest!

Recognized as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations this side of Munich, Addison, Texas is once again ushering in fall with the sounds of polka and yodeling, smells of bratwurst, some highly competitive dachshund races, and, of course, the tastes of Paulaner Bier.

Wiener Dog Races
Always a fan favorite, the annual dash of the dachshunds and dachshund parade will have fans cheering for the speedy four-legged canines. Photo courtesy Stevan Koye Photography

Oktoberfest is part of the Bavarian culture’s annual celebration of Volksfest, where exorbitant amounts of beer and food are consumed combined with equal levels of boisterous merriment.

Bratwurst
At Addison Oktoberfest, patrons will celebrate with a lot of bier and just as much food like brats, schnitzel, strudel, pretzels and much more. Photo courtesy Addison Oktoberfest

Addison expects over 50,000 patrons to arrive in the 4.4 square-mile town of 15,000 over the four days of September 19-22 to share in a combined love of the 19th century-old festivity which originated as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810.

Keg Rolling Contest
Keg rolling is one of the many contests at Oktoberfest this year so grab a partner and take turns rolling a Paulaner bier barrel one-handed against another team. Photo courtesy Stevan Koye Photography

Polka bands and other traditional entertainers from around the country will perform. Making another highly anticipated Oktoberfest appearance is Grammy-nominated polka performer Alex Meixner, better known as the ‘Hormel Pepperoni one-man band.’

AlexMeixer_byChrisSpiegel_1
Alex Meixner is a nationally acclaimed musician, performer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of polka music who will entertain the Addison Oktoberfest audience. Photo courtesy Chris Spiegel

Addison’s Oktoberfest also includes fun contests like the dachshund races, bier barrel rolling, German Idol yodeling contest, and German spelling bee.  Guests searching for a more intimate Bavarian experience can purchase a seat in the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus complete with their full-service dining and exclusive menu.

Dudes.2
These guys don’t have to technically be a Bier Maiden to participate in the stein-carrying contest.
Photo courtesy Addison Oktoberfest

For Festers across the state, other Oktoberfest celebrations can be found throughout Texas including Celina, Austin, Fredericksburg, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston.

Oktoberfest in Addison is September 19-22 rain or shine. Tickets are available for purchase online.


Cover photo courtesy Addison Oktoberfest

Lisa Davis lives in Austin and is the Editorial Assistant for Texas Lifestyle Magazine and an honors graduate of Concordia University Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.