Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Eat your way through Addison Oktoberfest 2013 with this food guide
The beer-friendly festival is September 19-22, 2013.
ADDISON The transition from summer into fall means many things: school, football, and lots of live music. For hopheads, perhaps the most exciting is the impending beer-drinking holiday, Oktoberfest.
Every year, the city of Addison throws one of the nation’s a Bavarian-style party that attracts tens of thousands of people to North Texas over the four-day celebration. The 26th Addison Oktoberfest takes place September 19-22 at Addison Circle Park and will offer musical performances, family-friendly activities and, of course, German beers. Admission costs $10.
If you’re really going to do Oktoberfest in style, put food first to soak up the suds. We’ve compiled a brief guide to dining during the party.
Grab ‘n go: Specialty street food vendors will be lined up around Addison Circle Park. Enjoy crepes, gyros, barbecue and more as you peruse the fest. Several venders will also have German-inspired options like bratwurst, sauerkraut, pork shank and strudel. See the vendors here.
Jump head first into the experience: In addition to the street vendors, this Oktoberfest has a 30,000 square-foot-tent called Schloss Addison, where the city’s two hotels — Crowne Plaza and Marriot-Quorum — will be selling turkey legs, German sausages and oversized pretzels. Patrons sit at long, communal picnic tables to grub out and enjoy a stein of Paulaner beer, brewed in Munich.
Grab your stein: You might notice most drinkers guzzling out of a one-liter glass stein, much like you would find at the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Grab yours for 14 coupons ($14) and refill it for six coupons ($6) each. Conversely, a 16 oz. beer in a plastic cup also costs six coupons.
VIProst! Within the Schloss tent is the Brau Haus, the equivalent of a VIP area. A ticket to get in costs $49 and includes entry to Oktoberfest, a three-course German “tasting” paired with three beers, a one-liter stein and a $25 gift card to Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House or Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill. Reservations are not required, though they are encouraged since there will be two tastings per night -- at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Each tasting seats 150 people.
Local chef Richard Chamberlain curated the Brau Haus menu this year, but don’t let the term “tasting” discourage you. The meal is three full courses of “traditional German food with a little refinement,” as described by the chef. We got to try it recently — highlights include a potato pancake appetizer stacked with smoked salmon, Bavarian braised pork, a trio of German sausages (Bratwurst, Grobe and Weisswurst) and a cinnamon apple strudel for dessert. The flavors are more complex than traditional German cuisine, but delicious nonetheless. And filling.
Sports and sweets: As if that weren’t enough, Addison Oktoberfest will also have a pop-up sports bar and bakery on-site. The Draught Haus' sports bar-like atmosphere will be designed and operated by Issac Rousse, who is a fried food concessionaire at the State Fair of Texas. (You heard about his fried Cuban sandwich entry this year, right?) The local Polk A Dot Bakery will manage the Kaffee and Kutchen Haus, which serves baked goods and candies.
Other things you won’t want to miss: You'll want to be there for the official keg tapping and sing along (read: kick-off party) Thursday, September 19 at 8 p.m.; the yodeling competition Friday, September 20 at 9:30 p.m.; or the Oktoberfest 5K Saturday, September 21. See the many events here.Follow @tineywristwatch
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