Some years that means hosting a gathering at our house (here are some ideas for hosting your own!), some years we just make a special intimate dinner with a smaller crowd (serving this authentic rouladen recipe!) and some years we make the trek to Leavenworth for their big multi-weekend event.
Longing to enjoy a big to-do, but not really wanting to expense a whole weekend east of the mountains (it gets pricey with a two-night minimum stay on festival weekends), we checked out the festivities at Oktoberfest Northwest held at the Washington State Fair & Event Center in Puyallup, WA.
And we were not disappointed!
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of this fun indoor event and I hope you will join me in the revelry!
October 3-5, 2014
Friday- Noon – midnight
Saturday – 11a – midnight
Sunday – 11a – 6pm
FREE on Friday from noon-3pm
Regular Price after 3pm on Friday and all day Saturday ($10)
Sunday HALF PRICE all day ($5) courtesy of Alaska Airlines and The News Tribune
Children 12 and under FREE ALL WEEKEND
The biergarten certainly is impressive, but to keep us all safe please be smart about your transportation plan – there are free soft drinks or drip coffee for those who sign up as a designated driver.
Families are welcome in the Festhalle Biergarten until 7 p.m. each evening (Sunday, families are welcome all day!); for the remainder of the evening, guests must be 21 years of age or older.
The German School of Tacoma will be on site with special arts and crafts projects.
Kids can pick up their Scavenger Hunt instructions at the Root Bier Garden between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Each year the Best of the Best compete for a space in the Hammerschlagen Tournament of Champions Wall of Champions.
1st place: $150 and commemorative Seahawks Super Bowl Champion stein
2nd place: $50 and event stein
3rd place: event stein
There is a Kids Hammerschlagen with kid-sized hammers and easy to hit nails (children need to be supervised by an adult to play)!
The German Corner features everything from steins to cookbooks to authentic German clothing. Browse their selection ahead of time at www.germanplaza.com
And don’t miss the swing girl! Manuela Horn & her Oktoburlesques! At nearly seven feet tall, this Austrian Amazon will perform yodelicious interpretations of new & classic Top 40 hits.
Plus pretzels, schnitzel, strudel, and a whole list of other authentic German treats! Like the tasty Cabbage Rous (Kraut Roulden) in tomato sauce, and the Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancake) served with apple sauce and sour cream!
German food heaven!
Multiple races, costume contests, great fun for the whole family in a stadium atmosphere right inside the heart of the event.