By Julie Spencer I love Oktoberfest. Much like Priscilla, the character in Tom Robbin’s Jitterbug Perfume who is in search of the perfect taco, I’m in search of the perfect Oktoberfest. Lucky for me, Colorado has an abundance of these festivals to visit and sample each fall. One might think a festival that includes hearty food, flowing beer, music and dancing must have originated right here in Fort Collins, but Oktoberfest actually has German roots traced back to 1810 in Munich as a festival to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian royalty. Early Oktoberfests occurred in the month of October, however the date was eventually moved to September to capture better weather. This year the celebrating starts as early as September 8-10th at one of the largest and most popular festivals in the Rocky Mountains, the Breckenridge Oktoberfest. This three-day street party includes a multitude
of food vendors (many featuring authentic German cuisine), beer vendors, live music, polka dancing, and German themed activities such as Hammerschlagen. Celebrating 23 years, the event sells commemorative beer steins so you can easily keep track of how many times you’ve attended. The event takes place during one of the areas peak aspen-viewing weekends, lending unbeatable beauty and charm to the festivities. Rounding out this Oktoberfest is a mountainside Brewmaster Dinner on Friday night and a 5K on Saturday morning. For a schedule of events go to www.gobreck.com/ breckenridge-oktoberfest/ Denver also hosts a big and popular Oktoberfest, September 22-23rd and September 29-30th. The Denver festival started in 1969 and took place in Larimer Square for many years, moving to its current location at 20th & Larimer in 2007.
The four-day, two-weekend event includes traditional food, beer, live music, DJ’s, and beer stein-hoisting and bratwurst eating contests. It’s considered to be one of the best Oktoberfests in the nation as well as one of the largest beer festivals in the US. Go to www.thedenveroctoberfest.com for a complete schedule of highlights. A festival with a western-spin, OktoberWest, takes place in Steamboat Springs the weekend of September 16-17th. You won’t find traditional German food or beer at this one, as OktoberWest celebrates food from local restaurants and beers from over 45 Rocky Mountain brewers. The festival is free but a ticket is required to enter the beer garden and includes a commemorative mug. Scheduled to coincide with prime fall-weather enjoyment, OktoberWest has become a favorite for many and a great reason to visit Steamboat in STYLEMEDIA.COM
Published on Aug 31, 2017