Fort Worth says “wilkommen y’all” with fest

September 18, 2016 by  

Some might find a dirndl with western boots or lederhosen with a cowboy hat incongruous, but that’s just how Texans celebrate at the Fort Worth Oktoberfest, which is coming up very soon.

A carryover of the Munich-based German festival with a western spin, the event will feature food, music, and fun alongside plenty of beer.

If the yardstick of an Oktoberfest is the traditional German cuisine, then Fort Worth measures up. Reata Haus Restaurant will provide such traditional fare as a sausage platter, schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels, and popular German dessert quarkbaellchen, which is a small, deep-fried fritter rolled in sugar. The event is sponsored by Spaten Premium Lager, which will make sure the taps keep flowing.

Every ticket comes with free promotional drinkware in the form of a commemorative stein, which visitors can then use to participate in one of two activities. First, there is the traditional stein holding contest, an endurance trial to see who can hold a liter of beer the longest. Next is the beer wench stein carrying contest, which is a race to see who can carry the most steins 25 feet without spilling more than three ounces.

Additionally, the fest will feature a 5k run, a bike ride, a beer barrel rolling competition, and the dachshund dash, where visitors can bring their own wiener dogs in to compete for a grand prize.

The Fort Worth Oktoberfest will be held on September 22, 23, and 24 at the Shack inside the Panther Island Pavilion, located at 395 Purcey St. Tickets are $5 on Thursday and $10 Friday or Saturday, or visitors can get a three-day pass for $15. Anyone interested in more information should visit the website.