Have you ever wondered why the Addison Oktoberfest starts in September? The town of Addison has timed their festival to coincide with the famed Munich Oktoberfest which begins in September and runs till beginning of October. While we may be 10 hours away from Bavaria, DFW denizens can still revel in much of the same traditions, music, folk dancing as well as German food. If you’re looking for a taste of Germany, the Addison Oktoberfest would be a fun way to introduce your kids. Here’s how to do Addison Oktoberfest with kids plus a chance to win 4 tickets!
Take out an atlas and show them where Germany is and in particular, Munich. The roots of Oktoberfest began in Bavaria on October 12, 1810, during the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Every year after that, festivities grew from horse races to beer tents to rides and entertainment for all until the Munich Oktoberfest as it is now known, has exploded into an international affair that attracts 6 million people from all over the globe.
Just like in Munich, the Mayor officiates the opening of Oktoberfest by tapping a ceremonial keg of Paulaner. Using a wooden mallet, Addison’s Mayor Todd Meier will have three strikes to hammer a brass tap into the keg before shouting “O’zapft is,” (meaning “It’s tapped!” in the Bavarian dialect) at the opening ceremony.
Music and dancing:
I don’t know about you but yodeling results in fits of laughter from my kids. They think it’s fun to try especially at the tops of their voices. They will be so excited to learn there’s a German Idol yodeling contest at the Addison Oktoberfest. The Munich Evergreens from Germany return to headline the entertainment line-up, along with Grammy-award winning polka legends Brave Combo. There will be strolling entertainers garbed in traditional costume performing Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music throughout the festival. Kids can learn how to do the “Chicken Dance” and there’s even a German spelling bee!
This will be the time to eat sausages galore: smoked sausages, Bratwurts, sausages on a stick. There will be schnitzel sandwiches, smoked pork sandwiches, turkey legs as well as carnival favorites like funnel cakes. Kaffee und Kuchen Haus will be filled to the brim with delicious German cakes and cookies. Local Addison chef, Richard Chamberlain brings back his famed 3 course Brau Haus menu ($49.99 pp) with dishes like apple and sage Bavarian ham with sage and port wine and currant mustard, Paulaner braised pork and warm Bavarian cherry strudel. The menu includes a souvenir stein with beer or wine flight and $25 gift card to Chamberlain’s restaurants: Chamberlain’s Steakhouse or Chamberlain Fish Market and Grill. A children’s menu is offered on Saturday at 6pm for $25 with smaller portions and includes an unlimited rides wristband.
There will be a midway with tons of rides, booths and games. Here’s a tip on how to avoid the masses. On Saturday 19th September, join the Wipe Out Kids Cancer fun run. There’s a 1mile and 5k option. Runners at the finish line will be rewarded with free admission to the Addison Oktoberfest and early access to carnival rides before the festival opens. It’s a win-win for all, as you help to raise money for a worthy cause, get in a morning of physical activity and finish with a fun day at the fair.
There’s free admission on Sunday with $30 unlimited carnival wristbands for purchase. Plus Sunday is Dachshunday where there will be dachshund races and parades.
Itty Bitty Foodies is proud to partner with Addison Oktoberfest 2015 to give away 4 tickets (valid for one day admission). Just enter below. Giveaway ends September 9th 2015, 11.59pm CT. Simply tell us which day you’d like to attend if you win plus check out the bonus entries.