Oktoberfest underway in San Bernardino Mountains

September 16, 2013 by  

One of the most renowned Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States has made its return to the San Bernardino area. This past weekend, Big Bear Lake began hosting its popular Bavarian-style festival for the 43rd consecutive year. Banner printing has undoubtedly been on the increase as the vendors participating in this series of festivities work to attract the attention of as many customers as possible.

Activities abound at this year’s Oktoberfest, which is scheduled to run for seven straight weekends. Those who attend the festival have the chance to learn a variety of German dances, including the polka, the Circle Dance, and the Chicken Dance. They also have the opportunity to participate in several contests, including log sawing.

The festival includes an area called the ‘Budenstrasse’, where handmade jewelry, candy, and souvenirs are available for purchase. A number of German snacks, such as hot roasted almonds and pretzels, are also being offered along this ‘Avenue of Booths’. Palm reading is already proving to be a visitor favorite on the Budenstrasse as well.

Attendees are encouraged to sample such traditional German dishes as sauerbraten, brats, and pickled pigs’ feet. Plenty of American dishes are available for those who want to stick with what they know, however, such as hamburgers, chicken strips, and chili. Both German and American beers are being served.

Kids are welcome to attend Oktoberfest and spend some time in the ‘Kinder Garten’, where they can play in bounce houses and get their faces painted.

The festival will be open on Saturdays and Sundays through October 26.