Addison Oktoberfest 2011

by Steven Doyle

It is once again time for the annual Oktoberfest celebrated in Addison, Texas, named by USA Today as one of the top in the nation. Despite its name, the Addison Oktoberfest is a 4-day celebration that coincides with the celebration in Munich, which is a 16-day festival that ends on the first weekend in October and runs September 15-18, 2011.  

The event’s main tent hosts a giant stage with great entertainment and German specialties. This year, the Dallas Marriott Quorum, Hotel Intercontinental Dallas and Crowne Plaza will be serving traditional Bavarian platters, including German potato salad, sauerkraut and a roll, plus the featured German sausage or meat, such as a Weisswurst (white sausage), a Kässler Ribchen (smoked pork loin) and, of course, a bratwurst (regular or smoked).

This is the perfect place to find an Oktoberfest Souvenir glass stein brimming with cold Spaten Oktoberfest bier or Franziskaner Hefe Weissen, a wheat bier. Or, enjoy a glass of authentic German Blüfeld Riesling. Other tasty authentic offerings in the main tent include Bratwurst, smoked pork plus smoked turkey legs and more. Among the favorite desserts are the Cinnamon Laugenpretzels and Black Forest Cake.Brave Combo and AlpenMusikanten are joined by a wide variety of Bavarian entertainment, including bands like the Royal Klobasneks, 3rd Generation, the Alpine Village Band; dancers of all ages performing traditional Bavarian folk dances; and, of course, the Chicken Dance.

Admission for ages 4 and older is free on Thursday; $5 before 5 pm on Saturday and all day Sunday; and $10 on Friday and after 5pm on Saturday. Admission to the festival may be purchased at the gate. Discount tickets will be available at all DFW Albertsons closer to the event.


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