Call Oktoberfest Northwest the area’s largest German beer hall. Well, for three days, anyway.
The homage to German beer, food and traditions opens Friday (Oct. 9) at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
Beyond brew and food, there will be a plethora of games, including the nail smacking game called Hammerschlagen, or as I like to call it, “Whac-a-Mole for beer drinkers.”
There’s also running for both pups and people. The 5K Stein Race (that one’s for people) starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The Wiener Dog races start at noon Sunday.
Returning this year to host the event is everyone’s favorite Austrian Amazon, Manuela Horn. She’ll yodel her way through the weekend with live shows Friday and Saturday nights and a kid-themed show Sunday.
STAGE PERFORMANCES: Oregon Polka Beats, Enzian Schuhplattler Dancers, Doppelbock, Z Musikmakers and the Beer Barrels.
BEER: Trumer Pils, Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Hacker Pschorr Weisse and Warsteiner Dunkel. Prices per cup/stein, $6-$12.
EATS: A wide range of German eats. Prices are decent for the quantity and quality served. Last year’s prices ranged from $6-$7 for jumbo bratwurst to $10 for a schnitzel or cabbage roll plate. Serving this year will be:
Bruno’s European Restaurant: The Parkland-based restaurant will serve cabbage rolls, pickle soup, bratwurst, currywurst and schweinebraten with dumplings. Last year’s prices ranged from $5-$10. (Tip: Check out the accompanying story about Bruno’s new home in Lakewood.)
Gutes Essen Haus: The schnitzel plate with warm German potato salad and cabbage is one of my festival favorites and it returns this year, along with other German favorites. Last year’s prices ranged from $5-$10.
Ziegler’s: Find a menu of brats, sausages and curly fries. Last year’s prices ranged from $5-$8.50.
Kalinka Piroshky: A menu of piroshky. Last year’s piroshky prices were $7.50 each.
New this year: European Deli will serve stroganoff, crepes and spaetzle. Wunderbrat Sausage and Pretzels will sausage on pretzel buns.
Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup.
When: Noon-midnight Friday (Oct. 9); 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $12 Friday and Saturday; $5 Sunday. Free admission noon-3 p.m. Friday. Free parking.
Children: 12 and younger get in free all weekend. Children are welcome until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and all day Sunday.
Kid activities: Pumpkin decorating; scavenger hunt in the root beer garden and games.