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Don't miss the Encinitas Oktoberfest 2014!

Encinitas Oktoberfest

The 19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest presented by California Coast Credit Union promises to be a fun time for all ages! Join over 25,000 local residents and visitors who attend the event and experience the chance to be German for the day! This free event brings together heritage and community in this Southern California seaside town.

Join the celebrants on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as a ceremonial parade begins at noon at El Camino Real and winds down Mountain Vista Drive to Wandering Road. Free parking will be available at Flora Vista Elementary School with a free shuttle from the parking lot to the Oktoberfest site, which is just 0.3 miles away.

A street craft faire will feature more than 200 vendors, some of which will be artisans with unusual arts and craft items. Since 2006, the Oktoberfest has featured arts and craft vendors with original handcrafted products.

A family fun zone will have children’s games and family oriented activities. A refreshment tent will serve authentic German food such as German gourmet sausage and other dishes as well as beers from local and national breweries.

A Craft Corner will be featured for the first time. This strictly over-age-21 area will highlight craft breweries such as: (1) Goose Island Brewery and their own unique citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor Urban Pale Ale, (2) Goose Island's Honker’s Ale, inspired by English country pubs, with a fruity hop aroma and a rich malt middle, (3) Spaten_Okto_2, the aromatic and gold-colored beer of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest, (4) Shock Top, a traditional Belgian-Style wheat ale, (5) IBud Light, the world’s favorite light beer that uses a blend of American-grown and imported premium aroma hop varieties and a combination of barley malts and rice, (6) India Pale Ale, with a fruity aroma and a dry malt middle.

Entertainment needs will be met with the Bluebirds, a German-American band, that will perform in the parade and also play from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on stage. They will sing German songs and conduct traditional contests.

The Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, a group of international folk dancers from the greater San Diego area, will perform authentic dances from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and surrounding regions. The name, “Gemütlichkeit” means the cozy and comfortable feeling of Bavarian and Tyrolean hospitality.

This San Diego event will act as tribute to the acclaimed Oktoberfest in Germany - one of the most famous traditional events acting as the world’s largest fair with over five million people attending each year. It is an annual beer festival lasting for 16 to 18 days held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and runs from late September to the first weekend in October. An important part of Bavarian culture, it has been held since 1810. Cities around the world hold celebrations that use the Munich event as a model.

German roots in Encinitas began in one of the communities, the colony of Olivenhain, which was founded by German farmers in 1884. The Encinitas Oktoberfest follows the lead of the Deutschland start, which is in September. Encnitas first celebrated Oktoberfest in 1994 - and this year’s festival is going to be one for the books!

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