On Saturday, October 13 downtown Asheville's Wall Street will transform into "Little Germany" for the Asheville Downtown Association's 4th Annual Oktoberfest. Internationally-renowned "oompah" band, The Stratton Mountain Boys, returns to the stage with happy yodeling songs, shoe-slapping dances and lively spirited Polka music sure to incite dancing in the street and rousing cheers of "ein Prosit!" The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries including Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Craggie Brewing and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers.
The popular Oktoberfest Games are back as well with some old favorites like the Stein Races and Keg-rolling contests as well as some new ones. Each brewery will field a team of four and these teams will be selected during September at the individual breweries. For more information, check in at the local tasting rooms. Plus, there will be a festival-wide costume contest, so don your lederhosen or dirndl and represent. Satisfy your craving for Oktoberfest cuisine with German staples like bratwurst, pretzels and traditional sides from local restaurants served with local favorite Lusty Monk Mustard.