Last weekend we attended a couple of the numerous local Oktoberfest events that were being held in the State College area.
Tussey Mountain Oktoberfest
First of all we went to the Tussey Mountain OktoberFest which was being held on Sat Oct 4 from 4-9pm at the local ski resort – this location holds a number of events each year including the State College Brew Fest which we have been to every August over the last three years.
Tickets were priced at $10 in advance ($15 at the gate) and included a drink token. There was a variety of entertainment on hand including fiddlers, contests, games and a band on stage. In addition to games and entertainment there were also a number of food booths serving the likes of bratwurst, pretzels, pork or beef with dumplings and sauerkraut to name but a few.
The beer selection included:
- Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest
- Otto’s Oktoberfest
We arrived early at 4pm but unfortunately the weather was not typical of early October in Pennsylvania and with a cold wind blowing most people were huddled in the marquee with their drinks and food. We stayed for an hour or so and had a Paulaner and Otto’s Oktoberfest then bid our farewells.
Oktoberfest at Olde New York
The following evening on Sun Oct 5 at 5:30pm we went out with some friends for a meal at Olde New York in State College which is a German-themed restaurant with a reputation for good food. Inside the establishment was adorned with a variety of Bavarian and German flags.
A local Oom-pah band called the Bavarian Stompers were playing typical Oktoberfest tunes and brought the place a great atmosphere encouraging some people to get up and dance.
This event takes place over a month starting late September and included a variety of food specials, I opted for the Bavarian Goulash which was “tender beef and onion stew served over a bed of egg noodles accompanied by a side of red cabbage”. It was an excellent meal and left me feeling like I had eaten in southern Germany – another words stuffed! 🙂
The seasonal beers that were on tap included:
- Paulaner Oktoberfest
- Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest
- Sam Adam’s Octoberfest
- Ayinger Oktoberfest
- Warsteiner Oktoberfest
- Spaten Oktoberfest
Having tried many German beers back in their homeland I have found in general they do not travel very well over the Atlantic so opted for the Sam Adam’s offering which is a great beer and does not have as far to travel.
We found the Olde New York event to be a very enjoyable experience and our friends are going back a week later with their family for another round…
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