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Oktoberfest in Orlando, the fun starts this weekend

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:15 am

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Get out the sausages and lederhosen. It’s Oktoberfest time in Central Florida.

The official event in Munich, and one of the largest annual celebrations worldwide, began on Sept. 16 and continues through Oct. 3.

While nothing compares to the Munich event, which attracts some 6 million people in little more than two weeks, there are several big events in the Orlando area, featuring authentic German food, music and of course, beer.

The German-American Society of Central Florida offers one of the most popular and “most authentic” Oktoberfest in the area, on Saturday, Oct. 7.

This year’s event will feature Hofbrau Oktoberfest Beer, the original beer served up to the beer-loving crowds in Munich.

The easiest and most affordable way to take part in the society’s Oktoberfest, held at 381 Orange Lane in Casselberry, is to purchase a ticket online.

Pre-purchase tickets are $10 (compared with $15 at the gate) for everyone 12 and older. Due to the capacity of the festival area, guests are requested to buy tickets based on your arrival time, either 2-5 p.m. or 5-9 p.m. This will allow better management for walk-in patrons. Advance ticket buyers have a separate entrance line and do not have to wait in the “stand by” line.

After checking-in and receiving your wristband, you will be directed to the Ticket Station at the front gate to pick up your purchased amount ($20, $40 or $60) for food and beverage. Parking is $5 in the lot at the end of Orange Lane. Area businesses and homeowners also offer parking for a fee. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orlandos-most-authentic-2017-oktoberfest-tickets-37358741000 to purchase tickets and for more information.

The Oktoberfest offers Bavarian style food, bands, dancing and German Beer, The Biergarten will have live music all day long.

There are no refunds for tickets.

Wall St. Plaza in downtown Orlando also offers one of the areas most popular Okoberfest events, Blocktoberfest 2017, also on Oct. 7.

The free admission event will feature German food, music and drink specials throughout the event.

Drink specials during the event include $3 Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer and from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Sam Adams Beer Garden, its $20 all you can drink and you also get a Sam Adams stein to keep.

There also are games and contests throughout the night, like the Stein Hoisting contest at 8 and 10 p.m. The restaurants also will serve up German food specials throughout the evening and there will be a pretzel and brat tent from 7-11 p.m.

You can kick start Oktoberfest locally with one of the newest events at Tin Roof Orlando, Sunday, Oct. 1.

“It’s the first time we’re hosting this event,” says William Hodges, Tin Roof’s regional manager. “We want to provide locals and tourists an incredible opportunity to enjoy a fall afternoon under the Orlando Eye with music, food and drinks.”

This is a no cover charge event as well, with all the fun starting at noon. Another plus: Parking is free at the I-Drive 360 parking garage.

“We’re going to have things inside and outside on the plaza at I-Drive 360,” says Hodges. “We hope to get locals excited and coming back to the area with events like this.”

Taking the stage for live performances will be:

• eemo, acoustic/alternative music.

• audio Exchange, 70’s to current Top 40, Rock, R&B and country.

 alpine Express, authentic German music.

Headquartered in Nashville, the first Tin Roof opened in 2002 near Nashville’s famous Music Row. It quickly became a favorite for both performers and music fans. The parent company, Tin Roof Acquisitions, expanded the concept to other cities. Orlando is one of the company’s locations. Tin Roof is located at 8371 International Drive (I-Drive 360). For more information, visit www.tinroofbars.com/Home/Orlando.

Returning for a seventh year is the month-long Rock & Brews Roctoberfest at Orlando area locations. It starts Friday, Oct. 6 with a special menu with German inspired foods and beers. Food specials include German pretzels, bratwurst sandwich, chicken schnitzel sandwich and more. Go to www.rockandbrews.com for information.

Other area Oktoberfest celebrations include Celebrate Oktoberfest in Winter Haven along Central Park. The free admission event features beer, bratwurst and live music, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

How does the Orlando area rank compared to other U.S. cities? According to WalletHub Reports, Orlando ranks eighth in the country for Oktoberfest cities, based on 23 key metrics, ranging from share of German population, to the average price for an Oktobefest celebration ticket. Cincinnati ranks first according to the report, with New York City and Portland, Or. rounding out the top three.

Some fun facts from WalletHub:

The average estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich is $5,000.While there, happy beer guzzlers will consume 1.61 million gallons of beer; 510,000 whole roast chickens will be eaten, in addition to 240,000 sausages and 50,000 pork knuckles.