Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a 16-day Bavarian celebration. For an authentic Oktoberfest experience, you would have to be in Austria or Germany. The American version of Oktoberfest is a tribute to the festival celebrated overseas which starts in late September and continues throughout October. Many places in the United States celebrate through October as well, taking the name quite literally. Following are four events in the Sacramento area paying homage to the Bavarian festival founded in 1810.
Camp Noel Porter’s Oktoberfest
The Episcopal Church of Saint Martin
640 Hawthorne Lane
Davis, CA 95616
Just outside of Sacramento, the city of Davis will be celebrating its second annual Camp Noel Porter’s Oktoberfest. This is a community-driven event sure to provide fun for all ages. The public will be able to sample traditional Oktoberfest cuisine while tasting several kinds of beer. Root beer will be available for the children. This event takes place on Saturday October 13th starting at 5 p.m. Guests can also enjoy door prizes, a silent auction and a raffle at the party. Please take note that the entrance fees are $50 per adult, $20 for children ages 3-11 and $125 per family. Schedule this event in your October calendar and bring the whole family out for some German fun!
Ettore’s European Restaurant & Bakery
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Ettore’s is a restaurant that has been around since 1985 and is well known for its baked goods. Chef Pedro Depina has done quite nicely at getting the rest of the menu some recognition as well. While many of the details are still under development, Chef Pedro has plans this year to incorporate Oktoberfest into Ettore’s menu. Throughout the entire month of October, Ettore’s will be preparing German and Swiss dishes paired with German beers. Some examples include Sauerbraten, ham and Swiss cheese pretzel sandwiches and grilled bratwurst with braised cabbage and hefeweizen sauce. Chef Pedro will bring in special ingredients to go along with beer not usually found on the list at Ettore’s.
PEACE For Families’ Oktoberfest
Blue Goose Event Center
3550 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(530) 823-6224 x210
This gathering is less than 25 miles from Sacramento in Loomis and serves a great cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will go to the Placer County Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The Oktoberfest celebration will be held at The Blue Goose Event Center with plenty of room to fit the crowd. Local restaurants, breweries and wineries will be serving beer, food and wine and music will be performed by The Alpen Band. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. on October 25th and tickets go quickly for this one so you may want to plan ahead.
Sacramento Turn Verein’s 45th Annual Oktoberfest
3349 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
This event takes place on October 13 from 3 p.m. until 12 a.m. On this day, the German Gruber Family band will perform for the evening. The Appantanzer Schuhplattler will perform traditional dances throughout the night as well. Of course, there will be food and beer provided throughout the event. This particular Oktoberfest celebration has been a long-standing tradition in Sacramento and a large part of the community. Don’t miss out on the fun.
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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.