Sunday, October 3, 2010

Time for Oktoberfests in Central Florida

Although the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is coming to a close tomorrow -- the 200th anniversary one might add -- Central Florida will keep celebrating the rest of the month.  Although there are a surprising amount of festivals going on in Orlando and the surrounding area, two of my favorites are in Casselberry and Sanford.

On Saturday, October 9th join the German-American Society of Casselberry at their yearly Oktoberfest.  It's $5 to get, but definitely worth it.  Walk behind the traditional timber-framed house into a huge woodsy back yard lined with long tables, grills, and live music and dancing.  Enjoy the wide variety of German beer and authentic food.  If you can't make it to this one (or want more!) be sure to visit their yearly Spring Festival.  More information can be found here and by clicking on the picture below.

Although I have not been to the Sanford Oktoberfest, I have been to the restaurant hosting it many times so I know it'll be good.  On Thursday, October 14th starting at 5:00pm Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe in the middle of historic downtown Sanford will be putting on this street festival.  The $7 entry fee includes samples of your favorite German food and beer; street vendors and the restaurant itself will also be serving food.  This is the Oktoberfest version of their "Alive After 5" street event held on the second Thursday of every month.

On a related note: This Fall, Hollerbach will be opening up his Magnolia Square Market, a German deli and market, just around the corner of his restaurant.

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