Asheville NC Oktoberfest
Asheville Oktoberfest is the second Saturday in October! Brought to life by the Asheville Downtown Association, the day is a chance for local breweries to serve seasonal beer and an opportunity to highlight local businesses on Wall Street.
As a long line had forms down Battery Park Ave, people will wait to join in on the Oktoberfest merriment. Beer-drinkers and music-lovers are in for a treat. Asheville Oktoberfest is an afternoon of beer sampling and traditional German music. Craggie Brewing, Highland Brewing, Pisgah Brewing Company, Asheville Brewing Company, Greenman Brewing Company, and the French Broad Brewing Company all serve up pints to thirsty visitors. The Stratton Mountain Boys keet people's spirits high, playing music and inciting dancing.
Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a festival held for about 16 days in Bavaria, Germany. It begins at the end of September and runs until the first or second weekend in October. The occasion is marked by copious amounts of beer and food, and is attended by more than 5 million people. It's considered the most famous event in Germany, and an important part of the German culture.
Though 5 million people is much more than Wall Street in downtown Asheville can accommodate, Byron Greiner, an organizer for Asheville Oktoberfest said they were expecting close to 1800 visitors this year. The Asheville Downtown Association promotes economic, cultural and social development for the city. For 3 months, the Asheville Downtown Association planned Oktoberfest, Asheville. The money raised will be used towards other events and to promote businesses in the Asheville area.
Greiner explained that because of fire codes and restrictions, Wall Street is not included in Bele Chere, the largely attended street festival which takes place each summer in downtown Asheville. Oktoberfest is a way to bring people downtown, experience the famous German tradition, while celebrating business such as Beads and Beyond, Dolce Vida, Vava Voom, Laughing Seed, and the many other stores and shops on Wall Street.
German food is a central part of Asheville Oktoberfest. The Marketplace served up "Grilled Knockworst", while Jack of the Wood offered an "Oktoberfest Reuben", consisting of house-roasted corn beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and caramelized onions. The Lusty Monk offers samplings of different varieties of mustard, while Crooked Condiments lets folks sample sweet and savory dips such as apple butter and jalapeno sauces. People also stroll around wearing necklaces made of pretzels to snack on in between helpings of sausage and beer.
The festival rallies the crowd with a drinking relay race between local breweries, and later a bratwurst eating contest. The highlight of the day is in the form of a costume contest, where men and women of all ages wearing traditional German clothes flaunted their fashion on the stage, igniting the crowd with cheers. Song and dance is all afternoon. Thanks to Asheville restaurants, Asheville breweries, and Asheville Downtown Association, no one goes home hungry or thirsty.
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