Oktoberfest in Asheville Sept. 9, 2010

The Asheville Downtown Association announces the schedule for the annual Oktoberfest celebration!!

Join the Oktoberfest festivities in Asheville North Carolina

Beer tasting, German food, Music, and fun.

For 200 years the annual Oktoberfest festival has been remembered and celebrated throughout the world and it’s popularity continues to grow. In Asheville we preparing to once again to join the word in this timeless celebration.

Ticket go on sale Sept. 1, 2010

You’ll need the Oktoberfest Dictionary

The Asheville Downtown Association writes this…

History of Oktoberfest, from Münich to Asheville

The first Oktoberfest occurred in Munich on October 18, 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1819, it was agreed that Oktoberfest would be celebrated each and every year.

German immigration to the North Carolina Mountains hit a high in the early 1700′s. We’re not sure if that’s the reason, but we are proud to live in a town with such a great number of local breweries! Today, the Münich festival opens with a 12 gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of the festival by the incumbent Mayor of Munich.

On the 200th anniversary of the first Oktoberfest, the Asheville Downtown Association is very excited to bring you Asheville’s own Oktoberfest! Barring the gun salute, we’re excited to host such a rich traditional festival! We will be taking the best aspects of Bavaria and mixing it with the truly unique Asheville culture to create some downtown traditions of our own!

More beer please.

Our Oktoberfest will mix Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s eclectic vibe,” says Adrian Vassallo, event organizer and ADA treasurer. He adds, “With Asheville’s recent recognition as ‘Beer City USA,’ the timing couldn’t be more perfect to celebrate our local beer scene. Plus, Wall Street is an ideal venue for this event with its old world feel and original cobblestones.”

Food and Drink

Asheville Oktoberfest food and drink

Asheville Oktoberfest food and drink

The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries including Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Craggie Brewing and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers.

Also, Wall Street restaurants Cucina 24, Jack of the Wood and The Market Place will be preparing authentic German food fare served with local mustard from the Lusty Monk.

Entertainment

We are proud to announce that The Stratton Mountain Boys will be joining us again this year. They were a big hit at last year’s Oktoberfest and brought authentic traditional Bavarian music to Wall St.

The Stratton Mountain Boys have brought the haunting sounds of four alphorns, happy yodeling songs, shoe slapping dances, and lively spirited Polka music to audiences across the U.S for more than 30 years.

Contests

This year, contestants for the team contests will be selected by our local participating breweries! Each brewery will field a team of four individuals, one of which must be a female. During the month of September, special events will be held at each brewery and more information will be available soon. If selected by a brewery to be on a team, you will receive free entry to the event. All contestants must be 21 years of age or older. We will still have other contests that are open to all attendees, like the costume contest. There will be some great prizes, so get creative!

Party for all

Good times

Schedule of Events

All events at 21+ unless otherwise stated. Schedule subject to change; please check back often.

11:00:

Check-in at the Flat Iron on Wall St.

11:45:

The Stratton Mountain Boys start the festival by blowing the Alpine Horn.  This will signal the parade towards the stage for the official tapping of the keg.

12:00:

The official tapping of the keg.  The Stratton Mountain Boys start the party!

1:00:

Games begin with the Keg Roll

2:00:

Pretzel Toss

3:00:

CostumeContest and Brat Eating Contest

4:00:

Three-Legged Lederhosen Race

5:00:

Beer Goggle Tricycle Race

6:00:

The Winning Team of Oktoberfest announced.

FAQ and Volunteers

Have questions about Asheville Oktoberfest? Click here.

Want to be a volunteer? Click here.

 

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