Did you know that Oktoberfest was originally a wedding celebration? That’s OK, most people don’t. But that won’t keep them from enjoying the Schweinsbraten, the Haxn, the Kaasspotzn, and of course the beer.
Today, Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, is the world’s largest fair. Western Washington joins the rest of the world in hearty participation. There are numerous places in the Sound to hoist a beer and revel with friends.
The Fremont Oktoberfest was voted by USA Today and Orbitz.com as one of the best places to toast Oktoberfest. The three day event, from September 18th-20th, offers fun for all ages. Traditionally there is the Fremont Brew Ha Ha fun run, the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, a Miss Buxom contest and a kid’s play area. Of course there is an impressive list of brews as well.
The town of Leavenworth, Washington, is known as a “little Bavaria” year round. You can always find authentic German fare. But since 1998, Leavenworth has hosted Projekt Bayern in honor of Oktoberfest. Real German bands provide live entertainment. The festival is held for the first three weekends in October. Each Saturday there is an official keg tapping. The weekend progresses then with arts and crafts, food and activities.
In Seattle’s Normandy Park, Oktoberfest is combined with a charitable fund raiser for the Highline Schools’ Fund for Excellence. Beer is provided by Elliot Bay Brewery and Bratwurst by the Tin Room and Dan the Sausage Man. This is a one day event, on October 10th from 6-10 p.m. Activities include a live auction and dancing. Tickets can be purchased in advance at their website, http://www.burienbrattrot.com, or at the door.
The Puget SoundKeeper Alliance Oktoberfest raises awareness of and funds for the environmental preservation of Puget Sound. Fish Brewing Company hosts the celebration. This locally famous brewery will provide Fish Tale Organic Ales, Leavenworth Biers and Spire Mountain Ciders. All ages are invited as the entertainment will include live and silent auctions, music and food. Tickets are available through the Fish Tale Brewpub in Olympia, WA, (360-943-3650).
Enumclaw Oktoberfest rivals the best of celebrations. The festival partners with The Washington Beer Commission to bring in 15 breweries from around the state. But you don’t have to be 21 to enjoy this event. Authentic wursts, sausages, live entertainment and dancing will appeal to all ages. This event is only one weekend, October 9th-10th, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, so don’t miss it!
There are more Oktoberfest celebrations in Western Washington. The state boasts one of the largest hops producing regions in the world. Nearly every community celebrates the Bavarian holiday. Grab a pint and toast the nuptuals of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese, or, just celebrate the season!