11 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix
Break out the lederhosen and fill your glass boots with beer, or rather "bier," because it's time for Oktoberfest fever to take over the Valley. Whether you're looking for a one-day fest to celebrate German food, drink and culture or a days-long party with live music and more beers can you can count, there's an event for just about any schedule. Here's your handy one stop guide to celebrating Oktoberfest in the Valley this year.
Jon Gitchoff From the 2012 Oktoberfest Across America gallery, published by the St. Louis Riverfront Times.
Tuesday, September 17 to Thursday, October 24
Cave Creek's Tonto Bar and Grill is kicking of the Oktoberfest season on September 17, when the restaurant will begin offering a selection of German dishes and imported beers. Every week the restaurant will offer three different authentic dishes such as potato cakes, spatzel, sausage and strudel. The Oktoberfest menus will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only and prices will range from $5 to $22.50 per course. The six-week celebration kicks off with spicy heirloom tomato salad, German mustard roasted pork loin and Linzer torte with hazelnuts and red currant jam. To view each week's menu visit the Tonto website.
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest
Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28
Expect foot-long brats, smoked turkey legs, sauerkraut, potato salad and more at this Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by the Town of Fountain Hills, the Southwest German Society, Fountain Hills Elks and Fountain Hills AMVETS. Live music at this year's event will be provided by the Die echten Waldbuam, a trio of German musicians. The event will also include contests and a designated children's area. Get in on the action from 5 to 10 p.m. both days at the Fountain Park. For more information visit the town website or the Facebook event page.
Brat Haus Oktoberfest Beer Diner
Wednesday, October 2
Scottsdale's Brat Haus will be offering five-course beer-paired dinner to celebrate Oktoberfest this year. The menu includes five different styles of beer, each of which will be paired with a German-inspired dish. There's everything from a selection of wursts (sausages) to mini schnitzel with quail egg, caper and anchovy to look forward to as well as smoke cured wild boar loin and plum cake for desert. On weekends from September 21 to October 6 the restaurant will also offer pig roasts, beer specials and live music. Other weekend events include a keg tapping celebration, wiener dog fashion show and brat-eating contest. Visit the Brat Haus Facebook page for the full Oktoberfest schedule.