(Update: This giveaway has concluded.)
Addison Oktoberfest is celebrating 30 years this month (Sept. 14-17) at Addison Circle Park. It’s amazing to believe one of the most popular Oktoberfest festivals in the nation has been around so long! The festival celebrates all things German culture and cuisine, and we look forward to it every year.
Guests can check out the parade on the festival’s first day (at 7 p.m.) and the ceremonial keg tapping at 8 p.m. inside the bier tent. Additional activities include a German spelling bee and German Idol (Friday), a carnival and marketplace (you’ll find a lot of neat German steins, clothes and more), a Dachshund dog race on Sunday, live music and much more. See the list of activities here.
Admission to the festival is free for all ages on Thursday and Sunday, and $10 for Friday and Saturday (ages 12+). Children under 12 are free every day. From the carnival to live German music and authentic food, the festival is fun for the entire family. Tickets are available for advance purchase at www.AddisonOktoberfest.com.
Special Treats and Eats
Besides beer, bratwurst and other specialty items (like waffle on a stick!), here are seven more unique Bavarian foods to try at the event:
Quarkbällchen – with our local fascination with all things donut, these German donuts should be on your must-taste list! (Located at the Kaffee und Kuchen Haus)
Bratwurst – Beyond Basic – Everyone expects pork and veal, but at Addison Oktoberfest you can find smoked buffalo, Alaskan reindeer and wild boar apricot cranberry. (Located at Texas Pit Stops)
Funnel Cake Fries – Everyone loves funnel cakes, but they are so messy to eat! Funnel Cake fries give diners the chance to enjoy the powdered sugary treat without the mess! (Located at the Draught Haus)
German Reuben Crepes – While Americans crave the corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich, they’d be surprised to experience this flavor profile on a crepe! (Located at Crepe Crazy)
Pork Schnitzel with Jaeger Sauce – While there are a variety of schnitzel choices at Addison Oktoberfest, finding one topped with the savory mushroom-laced Jaegar sauce (Jaegar means “hunter” in German) makes it taste like fall has truly arrived. (Located at JJ’s Concession)
Gurkensalat – While festivals are not known to feature vegetables, this German cucumber salad is a welcome treat! (Located F&J Catering)
Spaetzle with Cheese and other toppings – Spaetzle is Germany’s answer to Italy’s pasta. These petite dumplings are hand pressed and cooked, and topped with cheese and a variety of savory toppings. (Located at Spaetzle Haus)
Giveaway – Dinner for 2 at Chamberlain’s Brau Haus
We’re giving away one pair of tickets to the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus dinner on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Addison Oktoberfest. Enjoy a three-course meal each paired with a different Paulaner beer (the leading beer brand at Munich’s Oktoberfest!). The dinner takes place inside the air conditioned bier tent and on the stage that overlooks the dance floor and music stage. Get ready for great food, beer and polka music! Each guests will go home with a commemorative beer stein and a $25 Chamberlain’s restaurant gift card.
Tickets are normally $55 per person, and the tickets are selling out quickly. We will choose one winner to get two tickets to enjoy this authentic Bavarian dinner experience. Head to our Instagram page to enter. (Entrants must be 21+ and a DFW resident to enter. Tickets are not transferable and must only be used for the dinner on 9/14. A winner will be chosen at random on the evening of 9/12, and he or she will be messaged directly via Instagram.)
Prost (cheers) to 30 years, and see you at Addison Oktoberfest!
(Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post, and all opinions are my own.)