Can’t Make It To Munich? Don’t Worry – Oktoberfest Is in Minnesota, too!
Celebrate autumn and German culture in New Ulm.
Think you need to travel across the Atlantic just to experience Oktoberfest? Think again. If you can find your way to New Ulm, Minnesota, you’ll discover a festival just as authentic and spirited as the real German tradition.
An annual event now in its 28th year, New Ulm’s Oktoberfest celebrates the German heritage of the area and offers countless activities all weekend long, from trolley rides to genuine German bands.
The 2009 New Ulm Oktoberfest will be held October 2-3 and 9-10 in downtown New Ulm. For a great introduction to the community, check out local attractions like the Brown County Museum, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Morgan Creek Vineyards and August Schell’s Brewery. From Noon to 5:00 P.M., you can take a horse-drawn trolley ride around famous streets and landmarks. For the perfect weekend outing, don’t miss the German-American Day Parade on October 3 at 11:00 A.M.!
Known for its endless list of entertainment, New Ulm’s Oktoberfest returns this year with a wide range of performers and talents. The famous Concord Singers honor New Ulm’s “Quintet of Singing Pioneers” who settled in the area around 1860. Several German brass bands will also keep you dancing all weekend – especially when they play the famous polkas.
If for no other reason, experience Oktoberfest just for the sake of your taste buds. Serving all the classics from brats to sauerkraut, food vendors offer old favorites, as well as new bites from different regions of Germany (don’t forget to try some Gnome-made Fudge!). Of course, how could an Oktoberfest be authentic without beer? From 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. every day, the Beer Wagon will supply you with bona fide German drinks. Featuring specialty beers from August Schell’s, the festival’s servers will be able to tell you a few secrets of the trade. If you want to know more, just take an onsite tour of the brewery!
Shoppers at New Ulm’s annual Oktoberfest always walk away with a few treasures. From collectible German dolls to traditional costumes, there’s something for everyone – including many souvenirs straight from Germany!
There’s no better way to end your Oktoberfest weekend than with dinner at Otto’s Feirerhaus & Bierstube restaurant. Always on the menu are Otto’s award-winning Green Mill Pizza and barbequed ribs that were voted the “Best Ribs in southern Minnesota.” Other favorites include Jagerschnitzle, Bavarian Beef Stew and the delicious Hasenpheffer. Need to try it all? Get a taste of everything with specialty sampler plates like the Sausage Sampler. As they say in Germany, “guten appetit!”
Whether you have German roots or just enjoy the rich history and tradition of the culture, New Ulm’s Oktoberfest is a wonderful way to ring in the autumn season. With delicious food, tasty beer and enthusiastic entertainers, it’s no wonder that New Ulm calls itself the “City of Festivals.” So grab your favorite beer mug and bis bald (translation: see you soon)!
For more information, visit www.newulmoktoberfest.com.
Published by Hopkins Honda