Oktoberfest is a German celebration of Bavarian traditions with huge amounts of beer, food, German music, singing, and traditional Bavarian costumes.
With increased worldwide popularity, New Jersey Oktoberfests have become a popular fall event and with Oktoberfest celebrations found throughout the state just a short driving distance of their home.
The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. Today it continues in Munich to become the world's largest beer festival. Oktoberfest is an event that takes place during the 16 days before the first Sunday in October. However this event can stretch to 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1st.
Oktoberfest isn't just for Germans anymore. Oktoberfest has now become a very popular world wide festival. Today the largest Oktoberfests are held in Munich and Cincinnati.
Most of the New Jersey Oktoberfest celebrations are shortened, scaled down versions, and usually occur over a day or two during the traditional Oktoberfest , during the 16 days before the first Sunday in October, although some bar/tavern venues have made it a weekend event stretching to the end of October.
Authentic Oktoberfests are celebrated with performers wearing the traditional German costumes with the men dressed in Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl. German attendees are often found wearing Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte). In the past, the more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. Though nowadays this is no longer the case as the tufts are synthetic and everybody can look as wealthy as they like.
Oktoberfest attendees can often be seen with a stein of German beer is in one hand and the other holding a wurst or sausage. Additional foods are served in large portions from oxen and whole split roasted chickens to a variety of sausages steamed and served with sauerkraut and onions.
Of course, the big draw is the German Beer. Oktoberfest is more than a celebration, it is also a style of bier. Authentic Oktoberfest bier is brewed very much like the reddish-amber Marzen beer that was served at the Crown Prince Ludwig's wedding in 1810. Today, however Oktoberfest biers in Germany tend to be lighter in color and body than the traditional Marzen style. However, American craft breweries have a slightly different style of brewing Oktoberfest biers that are often slightly higher in alcohol, richer in hops aroma and flavor, and redder in hue than the European fest biers
In The USA, the onset of fall, and especially the winter, will find the better quality, more flavorful beers will begin to replace the lighter, less flavorful beers typically found in the summer.
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Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750
Contact: Kasey Harrigans, Phone: 732-449-8228, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Cost: $20 per person (donated to SGFC)
Enjoy sampling from 12 breweries, German Food, music and awesome giveaways! $20 entry donated to Sea Gift Fire Company. Tickets for beer sampling additional.
Laurita OktoberFest with Food Trucks & Fire Pits
October 5, 6, 2019; Saturday 11:00 am - 9:45 pm & Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
85 Archertown Rd,
New Egypt, NJ
Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine and enjoying a seat to watch the Fire Works! Live music and good friends will make this day special! Fireworks Saturday Night at 8:30pm.
Admission includes: Free Parking! Free Scenic Shuttle Service to and from the parking area to the Vineyard Festival Grounds! Free Souvenir Laurita Wine Glass! Free Kids playgrounds! Free Firewood to use in our 40 fire pits Access to some of the best Gourmet Food Trucks – Food pricing set by the individual food trucks! Access to over 6 Wine Bars (inside and out) and 2 Tasting Tent Areas (available during non-peak hours of the festival) and some of the most scenic views in New Jersey.
5th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Oktoberfest
Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019
527 Lake Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
The Jersey Shores Authentic Oktoberfest Celebration in their tented Biergarten Roof top. Continuing the celeberation that began with the Royal Wedding on October 12, 1810 of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen enjoy Food, Beer, Oktoberfest Merchandise, and Live Polka Bands.
3rd Annual New Brunswick Oktoberfest
October 12, 2019; Noon - 5pm
Downtown George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Contact: Pamela Stefanek, Phone: 732-545-4849, Email: email@example.com
Event Cost: Free
This family event features a variety of local and traditional food, craft brews to German beers and vendors that will keep your interest. Party-goers are encouraged to get into the Oktoberfest spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen. The fun continues with a music line-up that will keep you entertained all afternoon and feature a combination of performances of a broad mix for all age groups, including Traditional German music. There will also be plenty of kids activities.
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Sunday, October 20, 2019; 11 AM - 5:30PM (rain date: October 27, 2019)
2306 Kuser Rd
Hamilton Township, NJ
A family Oktoberfest celebration with many family oriented activeities. Note: Alcoholic beverages will not be served at, nor permitted at, this event. This family event features, Amusements, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Corn Maze, Crafters, fire pits, a Jack 'O Lantern Carving Contest, and the grand finale fireworks at dusk