Oktoberfest in Colorado Springs

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.

Pretzel Stand

Pretzel Stand

Young Dancer

Young Dancer

Dancing to the Band

Dancing to the Band

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.

Pete and Dona with the Dancers Enjoying Some Beer

Pete and Dona with the Dancers Enjoying Some Beer

Beer Steins

Beer Steins

Beer Mug Table

Beer Mug Table

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.

Sweets

Sweets

Bratwurst

Bratwurst

Weiner Schnitzel Vendor

Weiner Schnitzel Vendor

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.

Cooking Some Brats

Cooking Some Brats

Traditional Folk Dance

Traditional Folk Dance

Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

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3 Responses to Oktoberfest in Colorado Springs

  1. Bea dM says:

    Loved this! i lived in Vienna as a child, and the Lederhosen and costumes and food brought back great memories. Interesting to know that this German/Austrian tradition is upheld in Colorado Springs (?) as I’d been reading that though a huge percentage of Americans have some German blood, the “ethnic” group has been totally “absorbed” into the melting pot and it keeps the lowest proflie of them all

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    • Almost every city celebrates Oktoberfest to some varying degree, but Colorado seems to celebrate the German/Austrian heritage more than others, perhaps it is our connection to skiing and the mountains. There will be several festivals around Christmas as well, we especially like the one in Georgetown, Colorado.

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      • Bea dM says:

        Interesting in the wake of all the recent “Germans don’t do ethnic” media coverage. Mountains & skiing make sense, but a friend of mine went to a conference in the south of Brazil and was expecting a Copacabana beach type ambiance, but was met with a huge October Fest hosted by blond Brazilians of German heritage 🙂

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