A taste of Germany is returning to Old Town Winchester October 13-14 with the fifth annual Oktoberfest. Attendees will sample Bavarian-inspired food, beer, and wine while experiencing music and entertainment reminiscent of the world famous Oktoberfest in Germany.
“This event keeps growing in popularity,” states Jennifer Bell, the City’s Downtown Manager. “Due to that popularity, we strive to continue evolving the event and expanding.”
NEW this year is the name change. Originally dubbed OctoBeer Fest, we are now staying true to the namesake and introducing the Old Town Winchester Oktoberfest. Another change for the 2017 festival is the event area was expanded. The event will extend from the 1840 Courthouse Museum up the Loudoun Street Mall to the Taylor Pavilion on North Loudoun Street. This expansion offers a larger festival area and allows the Oktoberfest bands to perform in the popular Taylor Pavilion (ticket required).
Beer and Wine Gardens
Ticketed guests can enjoy a beer and wine garden featuring over 30 varieties of beer. On the Courthouse lawn, Winchester’s very own local breweries: Winchester Brew Works, Alesatian, Escutcheon, and Winchester Cider Works, will offer their locally brewed classic Oktoberfest-style beers.
Below are some of the beers that will be available during the festival (subject to change):
- Agonic line Lager
- Vienna Lager
- Schwartz Bier
- Oktoberfest Marzen
- Munich Lager
- Five Ofest
- Dark Hollow
Entertainment and Activities
Two high-energy bands will be returning this year. Performing at the Taylor Pavilion on Friday is the Bavarski Band, playing everything from Chicago-style polka to Oktoberfest party music. On Saturday, at The Taylor Pavilion, enjoy the Continentals, a band with a wide repertoire specializing in different ethnic styles of polka and waltz.
In addition to great music, the festival will feature Oktoberfest dancing. Saturday will feature Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein, the “Original Bavarian Dance Club of Washington, D.C.” Over 30 costumed professional Bavarian dancers will provide entertainment for the whole family and create a true Oktoberfest atmosphere. There will also be street performers, accordion players, and fun experiences for both children and adults. Everyone is invited to compete in the Best Dressed Lederhosen and Dirndl Contest on Friday night for the top prize of an overnight stay at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. The festival will keep the competitive spirit going with Stein Holding Contests both days. This age old tradition requires participants to hold a water-filled beer stein 90 degrees using only one arm (it’s harder than you think)!
Festival food provided by The Village Bistro and various vendors:
- Bavarian Pretzels
- Hungarian Stew
- Sausage and Lentil soup
- Bavarian Delights
- Bratwurst Frankfurter’s with Sauerkraut
- German chocolate cupcakes
- Hot German Potato Salad
- and more!
With the Premium Advance Tasting Ticket, attendees receive: admission, five tastings, and a commemorative Old Town Winchester tasting glass. After October 12, participants can purchase admission and a tasting package at the gate with three tastings and the commemorative Old Town Tasting Glass (while supplies last). Purchase early to get the best deal. Premium Advance Tasting Tickets are available at Compass West Realty, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, Espresso Bar and Cafe, Old Town General Store, Prime Lending, Abija Blue, Apple Federal Credit Union, Total Image and Workingman Store, or online.
WHEN: Friday, October 13-Saturday, October 14
TIME: Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday noon-8 pm
WHERE: Old Town Winchester’s Loudoun Street Mall, Taylor Pavilion and Old Courthouse lawn
COST: $15 Premium Advance Tasting Ticket (good for 1 day only) or $10 admission day of event.