We went to the Colorado Springs Oktoberfest over the weekend to enjoy some German beer, eat some bratwurst, and see everyone who dressed up for the occasion. The temperature was more like a summer day than an Autumn day, but that didn’t keep people from coming out and having a good time. We’re not German ourselves, but with our Irish backgrounds, any excuse to enjoy a few beers is fine with us. We really had a good time watching the dancers, listening to the music, and eating authentic German food. We were even pulled out onto the dance floor to join the dancers in a traditional German folk dance.
We had a very nice Hefe-Weizen wheat beer as well as an excellent Marzen amber ale from Paulaner Brewer, who are from Munich. We needed the cold beers after literally kicking our heels up with the dance troupe, The Denver Kickers. We have a lot of respect for them, all of whom are family members, as they danced the entire day and evening, entertaining the crowd. That certainly can’t be easy, especially wearing lederhosen as warm as it was that day. In addition to the dancing, there was plenty of music by The Prime Time Band featuring Klaus.
If we had tried all of the different food that was offered, we would have probably put on ten pounds. The food that we did eat was delicious, especially the bratwurst with sauerkraut. In addition to brats, there was Weiner Schnitzel, giant pretzels, German chocolate cake, and a variety of sweets. Along with the beer, we definitely had our fill of good food.
It was a great day of dancing, drinking, eating, and people watching. Regardless of your heritage or where you live, going to Oktoberfest is well worth the time. It is a great event for families as well as for couples like us. We really had a lot fun, made some new friends, and even learned a new dance, all in all, a wonderful day.