Choctaw Oktoberfest 2014

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Choctaw Oktoberfest 2014, “9 Days of Gemuetlichkeit”
German festival offers up the best in German food, German music and BEER!

For the 24th year, Choctaw will celebrate the spirit of Germany, German food and beer with the annual Choctaw Oktoberfest, and founder Mike Turek of Old Germany Restaurant says this year will offer more of… well, everything.

Choctaw Oktoberfest 2014, “9 Days of Gemuetlichkeit,” is the most authentic festival of its kind in Oklahoma. The festival runs through Sept. 6 under the Festival Pavilion in Choctaw Creek Park, 2001 N. Harper Rd. 1/2 mile south of NE 23rd Street in Choctaw.

Sponsored by the City of Choctaw, the Choctaw Chamber, Old Germany Restaurant and many area businesses, the annual Oktoberfest celebration has become a favorite destination for visitors from the multi-state area seeking homemade German food, genuine German beers and wine and of course German music.

As a result of the continued growth and success, this year’s festival will feature more tent space, more kitchens, more family activities and more parking. The event will be staged under 30,000 square feet of tents and pavilion providing a real German-Fest atmosphere.

“The main thing is the addition of a second stage,” said Turek. “It will be placed next to the sponsor tent and will have different bands performing.”

The Turek family promises over 30 original German Draught Beers and International wines to complement the menu of Schweinshaxen (ham hocks), Grilled Chicken, Rippchen (smoked pork chops) and a variety of bratwurst and Schnitzel sandwiches, Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad and Apple Strudel – all prepared in the Old Germany Festival Kitchen.

In addition, 44 different German craft beers will be offered to beer lovers everywhere.
In addition to a Kinder’s Garten (children’s area), the festival also has a full line-up of entertainment, including The Walburg Boys, The Alpen Musikanten, Alex Meixner and Das ist Lustig, plus special appearances by German Dance Groups along with “The Geoff Scott Band” on the second stage with crossover country, classic rock and pop music.

New this year will be the appearance of The Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval living history group, that will put on live sword tournament fighting from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 30, complete with traditional medieval and German costumes, arts and crafts, full combat fighting and more.

The festival is open Monday (Labor Day), Sept. 1, from noon to midnight. From Tuesday to Friday, Sept. 2 to 5, the festival runs from 5 p.m. to midnight, and then from noon to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 6. A BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW Clubs Car Show will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6 as well.

Admission is $5 with children under age 12 admitted free. For more information, visit Old Germany Website at www.oldgermany.com, or contact any of the following: The City of Choctaw 405-390-8198, The Choctaw Chamber 405-390-3303 or Old Germany Restaurant, 405-390-8647

“We are expecting 40,000 to 50,000 people from all over,” Turek said. “People come a long way for good German food. Where else can you get a ham hock right off the smoker – the food is a big deal. The bands are also fun. It’s as close to Germany as you can get!”

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