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7th Annual Old World Oktoberfest
through October 6, 2012
Margaret T. Hance Park
7th Annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest expands authentic Germanic Cultural Event to Two Days - October 5 & 6
In time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reinstatement of German-American Day by President Ronald Reagan October 6, 1987, the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures expands its traditional Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest to two days this year, Oct. 5 and 6, at Margaret T. Hance Park (1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004) in downtown Phoenix. Friday, Oct. 5 is a Happy Hour-style event from 4 to 9 pm with special food and drink prices. Complimentary entrance to the festival is available Friday for Valley businesses and other group reservations. Saturday, Oct. 6 the festival runs from 12 noon to 9 pm, featuring live musical entertainment, dancing, a variety of competitions for all ages, vendors, a free “Kinder Village” children’s area, German cooking and other demonstrations, traditional German food, beer, wine, schnapps, and other Germanic traditions.
Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures (AC4GC) created the annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest in 2006 as a way to introduce German culture and traditions to Arizonans and visitors to the state. The AC4GC mission is to serve as a social outlet for the large and growing local Germanic community, raise funds to build a Germanic Cultural Center, and support German language education and cultural initiatives in the Valley, while providing a public forum to foster awareness of Germanic peoples' contributions to the American fabric of life. The AC4GC also supports worthwhile local charities.
For the third year, the Phoenix Oktoberfest is partnering with Grace In the City (Grace Lutheran Church) to support outreach ministries for the homeless in Phoenix through proceeds of food sales. The menu features a traditional German pig roast with all the trimmings, plus other German favorites, including bratwursts, frankfurters, sauerkraut, apple strudel, and hand-rolled pretzels. Half of all proceeds from this year’s food sales will go to support Grace in the City’s summer Heat Respite program for the homeless.
Phoenix Oktoberfest also features several varieties of imported German beer, provided by Warsteiner, including two types of traditional Oktoberfest Bier -- Warsteiner’s Oktoberfest and Konig Ludwig’s Oktoberfest beers (both are Marzen style), as well as Warsteiner Pilsner and Dunkel (dark) beers, and Konig Ludwig’s award-winning Hefeweizen (“Most Refreshing Beer” Award at Great Arizona Beer Festival 2010).
Just as in old Bavaria where Oktoberfest originated in 1810, the tapping of the keg kicks off the event’s opening ceremonies at 1 pm, Saturday, October 6, 2012, featuring a parade of dignitaries, the keg-tapping ceremony, live music, and Bavarian traditions.
The authenticity of Phoenix Oktoberfest is enhanced by the musical entertainment, flown in from Germany: Die Echten Waldbuam leads the crowd in traditional Oktoberfest sing-a-longs and Polka dances throughout the day. Traditional touches include long tables papered in Bavarian blue and white, where attendees can chat with neighbors and make new friends.
This family-friendly event includes a Kinder Village with inflatables, games, contests and interactive kids' activities, free all day. Attendees can compete for fun and prizes in a variety of contests, including a Polka Dance Contest; “Best Dressed” of Oktoberfest; Beer Stein Holding Contest; and Alphorn Blowing for kids & adults. Contests are free to enter.
Admission is $5 for adults, kids under 12 free. The event is Light Rail accessible via the Roosevelt stop. Visit www.phoenixoktoberfest.com or call (480) 947 PHXO (7490).
The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to establishing a place for people of Germanic background to share their traditions, history, contributions, culture and celebrations with their fellow Americans. www.ac4gc.org.
As the oldest Lutheran church in Arizona, Grace celebrates its 100-year history in the heart of downtown Phoenix February 2014. Grace embraces its mission to love and serve others through programs such as its summer Heat Respite program for the homeless. www.graceinthecity.com
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Phoenix, AZ 85004