The second annual Oktoberfest is coming to Manchester and it’s happening during the correct time of the year.
Bites of Europe is hosting the festivities on Thursday, Sept. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 29. There is a misconception around the United States that Oktoberfest is held in October. It can be, Kevin Greenwood, owner of Bites of Europe explained, but the Munich festival is held on the third Saturday of September.
This year’s event will feature music, a costume contest and a 5K.
“If I do something, I’m not going to mess about,” Greenwood said. “I want to put Manchester on the map with Oktoberfest.”
Thursday night will feature a trivia night from 7-8 p.m., and live music from Greenwood. Alison McCormick will take the stage after trivia.
Friday’s musical selection is Michael Childress from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Slice of American Pie from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday ramps up the fun with a 2k Dog Walk, which leads to the grand opening of Manchester’s Dog Park on North Waite Street near the soccer fields.
A 5K will be held at 11 a.m. Registration will be at the door from 10-10:30 a.m. or runners/walkers can register in advance at www.reg2run.com. The race begins and ends at the restaurant. All runners/walkers will receive a T-shirt, a free bratwurst, one Spartan beer (if of age) or one can of Coke.
The first, second and third place winners will all receive medals and a collectible Paulaner Mug.
Musical acts include UberKeainer Bavarian “Oompa” Band at noon, Bag pipes with Piper Andrew McRedy from 3-4 p.m., Tony Castellanos from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Todd Bolton and his band from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
There will be a costume contest as well – the man and woman in the best traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl (German attire) will win $50.
Authentic bratwursts, giant pretzels and beer cheese will be sold as well. Wine and beer will be available too.
Kids are welcome to attend as well.
The restaurant, where all of the festivities will be held, is located at 1306 Hillsboro Blvd.
The festival’s origins date back to Oct. 12, 1810 when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The wedding parties turned into the yearly tradition to celebrate heritage and beer.
The Times contacted historians and staff at the Arnold Air Force Base to look into European and Germanic influence on the area, but the information was not yet available as of press time.
The week before the festivities, restaurant goers will have the chance to donate to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). Beyond having fun, Greenwood wants to give back to the community with Oktoberfest and wants to raise money for the center.
There will be donation jars in the restaurant and customers will have the option to add a donation to their final bill.
Silent auctions will be held as well and all proceeds from those will go to the CAC.
Next year’s Oktoberfest
Next year’s Oktoberfest will be bigger and better than the year’s prior, Greenwood said. He wants it to be held in the downtown square,
“I really want to take it all the way,” he said.
Planning for next year will begin as soon as this year’s Oktoberfest is com