701 4th Street
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Kids | Family
Oktoberfest comes to Kemah, when the iconic fall celebration of the culture, food, and drink of the Germanic peoples who helped settle Texas brings its unique and lively spirit to the bay the 4th through the 6th of October. Oktoberfest! No other single word conveys at once the ultimate party with the most fun, the best food, and the coldest beer. The historic Kemah Lighthouse District will become “Bavaria on the Bay” and ring with the sound of "Oom Pah" bands, song and the clink of cold, foaming steins; the air rich with the sizzle and scent of succulent food. The Kemah Oktoberfest will feature all the wonderful food, music, drink, and dance of the German, Czech, Polish, and Dutch people. Vendors will create a German "Marktplatz," or market place, featuring beautiful crafts, clothing, pottery, wood carving, and more. Patrons can enjoy the mouth-watering country fare for which Oktoberfests are famous throughout the world, served by King's Biergarten of Pearland, named "The Best German Restaurant in America, 2012-2013." Budweiser, the King of Beers, created by German immigrants in the 19th century is the perfect partner to bring fine German and seasonal beers to celebrate the brewer’s art. Children’s activities will entertain the “kinder,” and patrons of all ages can join in traditional folk dances and chicken dance competitions. Members of the German community, in colorful, authentic German costume, will be on hand to lead patrons in the lively music and dances. Succulent food and fine beers are the hallmark of Oktoberfest. King's Biergarten and vendors from around the country will serve up the best, from grilled bratwurst to strudel,German Beer Pretzels, a variety of specialty sausages,Bavarian smoked pork loin, sauerkraut, Austrian potato salad, brötchens, and more!!! Festival favorites include corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes, sno-cones and more. Kemah is the Gateway to the Bay, so in that spirit, the "World's Largest Boiler" will be on hand producing tons of fresh Gulf shrimp, just off the boat and at the peak of the fall season. In addition to fresh boiled, the "Bavaria on the Bay" theme comes together with a special Oktoberfest Beer-Battered fried shrimp. And speaking of beer - fine brews include Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweisen, Beck’s, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Zeigenbock, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and, of course, Budweiser and Bud Light. In addition, to make this Oktoberfest unique, we have our beer experts searching the globe for expertly-crafted seasonal beer that has never been served in America, worthy of being featured and exclusively offered at the Kemah Oktoberfest. The rollicking, buoyant German songs and dance music, polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and more will be provided by some of the Gulf Coast region’s best performers, Enzian Buam and Texavia, true “musik meisters” who will have you dancing, and singing along to the sway of bier steins and sausage-on-a-stick. German music evolved in Texas with other immigrant influences to create country music, performed here by Jerrod Sterrett and the Hired Guns and The Stringbenders. Oktoberfest is a party going over 200 years, celebrated the world over, and just keeps getting better! It began in 1810, when the wedding feast of Munich’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony ran 16 days and was still too good to end. Much of early Texas and the Gulf Coast area were settled by Germanic immigrants who carried this tradition with them. They have enriched our nation and left an indelible stamp on all areas of life in Texas. Indeed, a settlement known as "Germantown" was here years before the Allen brothers landed at Buffalo Bayou.
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