Oktoberfest featuring German food, music expected to draw crowd in Encinitas
15,000 visitors are expected at the Oktoberfest in Encinitas
Encinitas will once again put on its Oktoberfest, which honors the community’s German roots.
Olivenhain was established by German farmers in the mid-1880s. The event coincides with Germany’s Oktoberfest, which typically starts in mid-September and ends in early October.
The 26th annual family-friendly festival Sept. 25 is expected to draw 15,000 visitors for German food and beer, international refreshments and live entertainment, including Bavarian music and dance troupes. Attractions include two beer gardens and a street craft fair with more than 175 local vendors and local artisan goods. A ceremonial parade is slated for noon. There will be a family fun zone, carnival rides and games.
The food and refreshment tents will serve German beer and food from Tarintino’s Gourmet Sausage and Taste of Poland. The “Keepin’ It Local Craft Beer Garden” celebrates San Diego’s craft beer scene and features local breweries Duck Foot Brewing, Eppig Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Hangar 24 and Helia Brewing Co. Hard kombucha from Local Roots and hard cider from Bivouac Ciderworks will be offered. The Family Tent will exclusively serve beer from sponsor Burgeon Beer Co.
The Bavarian music from the The Bavarian Beer Garden Band will perform along with dance troupes from The Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers and the Encinitas Ballet. Bach to Rock Encinitas will DJ the music at the Craft Beer Tent.
The free festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Mountain Vista Drive off El Camino Real between Wandering Road and Rambling Road. The event is hosted by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, visit encinitasoktoberfest.com.
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