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Raise a Stein to Oktoberfest in Sleepy Hollow

Get your lederhosen out—Oktoberfest is here!

Before Halloween is here, there’s another not-so-spooky way to celebrate the fall: the German holiday of Oktoberfest!

While you're looking forward to dressing up in a costume and nearly getting a cavity from the candy intake, you can don knee socks and feast on bratwursts and beer.

In its native Bavaria, Germany, Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated for 16 days, and this year the fun goes from Sept. 22—Oct. 7. It is one of the most spirited celebrations in Germany, and is a huge part of Bavarian culture.

Oktoberfest comes to Kingsland Point Park's Kathryn W. Davis Bathhouse pavillion on Oct. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. Bridge View Tavern will sell beer, non-alcoholic drinks and German food. Admission and parking is free. The GM site path will open again that afternoon to accommodate walkers from the other end of town. There will be free hayrides (just a fun one, not haunted) for kids in the park during the event. Finally, there will be tours of the bathhouse, explain its history and renovation, starting at 1:30 p.m. 

The first Oktoberfest was in 1810, as part of Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding festivities, and has continued ever since.

Oktoberfest sends lots of Americans to the store to stock up on sausages and spirits during the celebration. Check out some native German recipes like sauerkraut and potato pancakes or unique beers during the 16-day celebration, they'll have your taste buds saying “danke schön”! You can also try your hand at grilled bratwurst with German potato salad. Finishing off the meal with a German apple strudel is also sure to be a crowd pleaser.

And of course, you can’t say auf wiedersehen to Oktoberfest without a proper polka. Here are some polka dance moves and a tutorial that will make you the toast of the celebration.

Glückliches Oktoberfest!

TELL US: How are you going to celebrate Oktoberfest? Do you have any favorite Oktoberfest foods? 

joy September 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
This sounds like fun
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I'm very excited for this. And to be able to get another bonus round of GM lot being open to walkers is great.
john slivin October 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Gonna rain though :(
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
From Trustee MacFarlane: There's a small, 30% chance of rain tomorrow afternoon, but Oktoberfest will go on rain or shine, because the pavillion is covered.

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