03 October 2007


Get out your lederhosen and steins — it is the season for Oktoberfest. There are 3 days until Newport's 2007 International Oktoberfest!
The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Luitpold I and Princess Theressa of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. Held on a large meadow in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food, music and dancing. Anniversary celebrations continued each year, usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October. The horse races were dropped in the early 1800's but Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for almost 200 years.
Oktoberfest is not only an event, it is also a style of beer. The traditional style guidelines describe an amber-gold lager, robust at 5.2 to 6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), bottom-fermented and lagered for at least a month, with pronounced malt flavors from Vienna malts, usually accented by the German noble hops such as Hallertau and Tettnang.

Each year Art's parents head down to Newport. All of us 'kids' try to make it down for a day or three. This is the first year they scheduled for an October visit. They used to go down around Memorial Day, then switched to September. One thing I have been really wanting to do this year is visit an Oktoberfest. We made plans to go down to my fav German Restaurant The Student Prince later this month, but I just discovered that while we are in Newport this weekend, they are having their Oktoberfest!
An authentic German Oktoberfest celebration with lively Bavarian music from throughout New England, delicious German food and American cuisine (seafood, pierogies and more), Biergarten, Weingarten, and special area for children.
Shopping marketplace and German-related goods for sale. Continuous entertainment including the Alpenblumen Dancers, Strolling Musicians and International Showbands.

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