Oktoberfest in Perdido Key

Quick: What are the first things that come to mind when you think about German heritage?


Win a prize in the costume contest for all ages at Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 2, 2010, in Perdido Key, FL.

An inaugural event based on German traditions is about to launch, and it’s probably safe to say that at least some of your answers (see below) will be found aplenty at Perdido Key’s first Oktoberfest.

Sauerkraut—Of course, no German festival would be complete without traditional German foods.

Beer—You need something fun to drink with the delicious food—and you can purchase a souvenir mug, too.

Accordion—German-inspired entertainment will fill the festival. (Anybody know how to dance the Schuhplatter?)

Lederhosen—Get out your leather britches. The winners of the costume contest will take home prizes.

Sample more than 100 beers and enjoy traditional German food and entertainment at the First Annual Oktoberfest.

The fun begins at 2:00 on Saturday, October 2, but only lasts until 6:00. Arrive at The Villagio (13700 Perdido Key Dr.) when Oktoberfest opens to get the most enjoyment from the afternoon.

Admission to the festival is free, and families are welcome. If you wish to purchase the unlimited sampling of more than 100 beers, the cost is $15. Or for $30 you get that plus an event T-shirt and a beer mug.

For further details, contact the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce at 850-492-4660.

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German Sausage Festival

If you are anywhere near Elberta, Alabama this Saturday, the aroma of the secret-recipe sausage being cooked over an open flame will lure you in. Even if you’ve never attended the German Sausage Festival, it’s quite easy to find the main attraction—just inhale the delicious scent and you’ll be led straight to the tasty treasure.

Smother your sausage in tangy sauerkraut and other flavorful enhancements, or enjoy it plain. Either way, you’ll know you’ve hit upon something special. If you prefer, order a hot dog, hamburger or BBQ sandwich. Supplement your main course with German-style filled cabbage, goulash, red beans and rice, or potato salad. Don’t forget the treats afterward: Ice cream, peanuts and popcorn round out the festival foods.

Some of the individual vendors serve up their own baked or canned goods, so be prepared to take home an edible souvenir or two. Among the 250 booths, you will find artisans of all types displaying and selling their handmade wares. Kids’ carnival rides and all-day live entertainment encourage plenty of family time to build memories.

Although the festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, word on the street suggests arriving before 3 p.m., as it’s not unusual to sell out of the 7000 pounds of sausage by then.

You’ll find the festival situated at the intersection of Hwy. 98 and Co. Rd. 83 in downtown Elberta, just a few minutes east of Foley. If you can’t make it this weekend, you will get another opportunity in the fall; the German Sausage Festival is held the last Saturdays of March and October each year.

Join the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department and the city of Elberta in this hugely popular fund-raising event. After all, 32 years of sell-out sausage proves that this is the place to be!

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