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Beer Steins, Sauerkraut, and Lederhosen: Oktoberfest in Va

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The arrival of autumn elicits a myriad of festivals that celebrate the changing colors of the leaves, the harvest, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and Halloween. Arguably, none of these are as well-celebrated as Oktoberfest.

The name “Oktoberfest” probably conjures up images of lederhosen, sausage, sauerkraut, and huge steins of frothy beer. These are relatively accurate (with the possible exception of lederhosen) to Virginia’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Oktoberfest may have “October” in the name, but many of the festivities in Virginia actually begin mid-September, which is appropriate and reminiscent of the original Oktoberfest, which is “a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.”

Overall, Oktoberfest not only revels in the accomplishments of breweries near and far, but it also a celebration of German heritage—traditional dances, traditional food, traditional clothing, etc.. Also, many of the festivals have kid-friendly activities, making them an excellent option for the entire family. Whether you are a lover of beer, a prideful member of the German people, or simply an individual who likes a good festival, then you can certainly find a Virginia Oktoberfest to oblige your beer-based merrymaking:

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest International Arts and Crafts Festival, Martinsville, VA

October 6, 2012, Octoberfest at Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest 2012, Vienna, VA

October 26-27, 2012, Richmond Oktoberfest, Richmond, VA

“Oktoberfest is a celebration, and craft brewers in the U.S. have earned the respect of the world. Brewers make special beers to fit the occasion.” –Ray Daniels

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By Tara Stoll