German tradition back in Breck
BRECKENRIDGE – It’s common for people to wonder why Oktoberfest celebrations aren’t in October. For regular attendees and guests of Breckenridge’s annual event, there is no question as to why. The Breckenridge Resort Chamber and the town of Breckenridge are set for their eighth annual, traditional German-style celebration on Main Street in Breckenridge.
Held in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street, Oktoberfest in Breckenridge is unlike any other in the mountains. This event continues to grow each year because of its enormous popularity. Unfavorable weather is the only thing that would stand in the way of this being a triumphant event. The event site has doubled from past years and will have plenty to offer patrons, families and volunteers.
What’s distinctive about Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest is a strong worldwide and local tradition and Paulaner Bier, the event title sponsor and one of the most famous breweries in the world. There will be activities for all ages and a fun and flavorful Brewmaster’s Dinner. The annual Brewmaster’s Dinner will be at 7 p.m. today at Poirrier’s at the Wellington in Breckenridge. A five-course gourmet meal will match Paulaner Bier with each course.
The daily Oktoberfest events are taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Breckenridge is expecting record crowds – weather permitting – and involvement from all age groups. Fans of tasty food and beer will be able to visit several vendor booths to get German and domestic treats from Breckenridge restaurants. In addition to beer and food, there will be amusement for all ages. Expect to see a Ferris wheel in the Blue River Plaza. For those who like to celebrate with sound, there will be live oompah and polka music. The traditional “jagermarsch” – a snake dance – will add life to the event. Authentic German beer steins and other event merchandise will be for sale as well as several delicious beer selections from Paulaner and two selections from local favorite Breckenridge Brewery.
The Breckenridge Ski Club will play host to the Breckenridge Ski Swap all through the weekend at the Riverwalk Center. The ski swap will offer deals on more than 15,000 items for alpine, telemark and cross country skis, snowboards, clothing, boots and more. The earnings for the ski swap benefit the Breckenridge Ski Club, a nonprofit organization.
For tickets to the Brewmaster’s Dinner tonight, call (970) 453-5579. Prices are $55 per person or $100 for a couple, including tip and tax. Anyone interested in receiving a free meal, a beer and an official event T-shirt can volunteer by calling (970) 453-2913, ext. 210. For more information about this year’s Oktoberfest celebration, please visit http://www.gobreck.com or call (970) 453-5579. Please remember this is a no-pet event.
? When: Brewmaster’s Dinner at 7 p.m. today, events from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
? Where: Dinner at Poirrier’s; events on Main Street, Breckenridge
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