Oktoberfest Hits Rehoboth

by Dave on September 23, 2010

Downtown Rehoboth Beach will be the place to be this weekend, as downtown restaurants celebrate the 3rd Annual Rehoboth Beach Oktoberfest!

The event, presented by Rehoboth Beach Main Street, will bring you the best in German cuisine coupled with a great party atmosphere, terrific music and the raising of a beer stein (or two!) within the participating restaurants!

“Downtown Rehoboth Beach is part of the Culinary Coast of Delaware,” says Rehoboth Beach Main Street executive director Jenny Barger.  “We have so many fantastic chefs in 1 small mile radius downtown area.  Oktoberfest is a way for downtown Rehoboth chefs to demonstrate their German culinary flare in celebration of Oktoberfesst and autumn.  The meters are no longer in affect and the grills are sizzling with incredibly creative takes on traditional German dishes.  And, the beer steins are ready to be filled with wonderful Oktoberfest beers!”

According to Wikipedia, the original “Oktoberfest” occurred in Munich, on October 12, 1810. For the public commemoration of their marriage that took place five days before, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race. The event was so successful that it was decided to renew it in 1811.

In the year 1811, an agricultural show was added to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse race persisted until 1960, the agricultural show still exist and it is held every three years on the southern part of the festival grounds. In 1816, carnival booths appeared; the main prizes were silver, porcelain, and jewelry. The founding citizens of Munich assumed responsibility for festival management in 1819, and it was agreed that the Oktoberfest would become an annual event. Later, it was lengthened and the date pushed forward, the reason being that days are longer and warmer at the end of September.

Oktoberfest is now celebrated in Germany beginning the end of September with a two-week beer bash, dancing, and oom-pah bands.  Downtown Rehoboth restaurants are getting into the act this year from Friday through Sunday to continue our Oktoberfest tradition.

Downtown landmark Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, aside from the obvious selection of beers, will be getting into the Oktoberfest culinary spirit with dishes like kefla soup, a German potato, bacon, and pasta soup, and Jagerschnitzel, which is a  pig from Swallow Acre Farms breaded, pan-fried and smothered with onions and mushrooms served traditionally with fresh cut fries.

Irish Eyes, another longtime Rehoboth staple, sticks to the traditional German fare, offering Cabbage & Apples, German Tomato Salad, German Meatloaf, Bangers & Sauerkraut and Brandy Braised Kielbasa.

Other downtown Rehoboth restaurants participating are Arena’s Deli & Bar, Claws Seafood House, Dos Locos Fajita & Stonegrill, Fins Fish House & Rawbar, Hobo’s Restaurant & Bar, Ice Cream Store, Pig + Fish Restaurant Company, Porcini House, and Rehoboth Ale House. They are cooking up recipes for Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, Weinerschnitzel, and some incredibly creative takes on traditional German food, along with Oktoberfest beer specials.

“People love a reason to celebrate this time of year, and what better way to do that but to indulge in great German cusine and Oktoberfest beer,” exclaims Barger. “This is the third year for downtown Rehoboth’s Oktoberfest and it is certainly catching on.  The chefs get more and more excited to satisfy their customers’ palate when preparing something a little out of the norm compared to their regular menus.”

For more information and sample Oktoberfest menus, check out www.downtownrehoboth.com or call 302-227-2772. This event takes place inside each participating restaurant.  Please contact restaurants regarding menu specifics and reservations.

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