Beers, brats and … wiener dogs?
Yes, that really is the signature lineup for Oktoberfest Northwest, a Puyallup festival full of German grub and glug.
Now in its 10th year, this weekend’s festival is not just about food and beer, although those are pretty central to the three-day event modeled after Munich’s Oktoberfest.
There’s also running — lots of it — for dogs and people. The 5-kilometer Stein Dash begins at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, right before the wiener dog races. You haven’t truly lived until you’ve seen the Oktoberfest wiener dog costume contest. Trust me on that.
Musical acts will cycle through the weekend. Here’s one performer not to miss — not that you could because she’s 6-foot-2. Manuela Horn will yodel her way around Oktoberfest with performances on stage, as well as from a giant swing overlooking the beer hall.
She’s a past contestant on America’s Got Talent and once hosted her own children’s television show. At nearly 7 feet tall in heels, she earns her self-proclaimed title of Austrian amazon.
Did I mention beer? As with all things Oktoberfest, there will be plenty of that — and taxi service to get attendees home safely.
On the brew menu find Trumer Pils, Warsteiner Dunkel, Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Weiss, Hofbrau Oktoberfest and a local beer, Snoqualmie Harvest Moon. Wine drinkers will find wines from Washington Hills.
The South Sound is notoriously short on German restaurants, which is why you won’t want to miss out on the food. A half dozen pop-up restaurants will serve authentic German eats ranging from stuffed buns to schnitzel plates. With full meals priced at $10 and jumbo bratwurst at $6-$7, you get more value here than at most festivals of this kind.
Here’s something restaurant watchers should note: Pierce County’s only full-service German restaurant (not counting Lakewood’s Hess Deli and Bakery or neighboring German Pastry Shop), Bruno’s European Restaurant in Parkland, will cook at the event. In the kitchen will be Bruno and Krystyna Tomaszewska, owners of Bruno’s. The booth next door to Bruno’s? That will hold Greg and Maria Goch, the son and daughter-in-law of Krystyna Tomaszewska, and the owners of Europa Cafe in Enumclaw, a restaurant they’ve owned for five years (in various locations). Those two booths are ones where you’ll want to stop and eat — trust my gullet on that one.
Here are the menus for the four restaurants and the bakery serving at this year’s festival: