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West Sacramento Celebrates 2nd Annual Sactoberfest

Munich came to West Sacramento’s Bridge District last weekend at the city’s 2nd annual Sactoberfest.

Modeled after Germany’s Oktoberfest, a modernized harvest celebration featuring the country’s finest culture, cuisine and entertainment, the 3-day festival kicked off Friday evening with an official keg tapping by Sac Republic FC. Keg tapping is an authentic Oktoberfest tradition marking the festival’s official commencement.

“I know that at the authentic Oktoberfest, they serve warm beer and they have a lot more games, but we try here. Our beer is cold!” said Julie Quinn, a native German and one of Sactoberfest’s beer maidens who participated in the opening parade.

With over two dozen selections to choose from, festival goers enjoyed a variety of biers from authentic premium German breweries such as Spaten, Erdinger, Hofbrau and Franzikaner to local hand-crafted beers from Sudwerk, Yolo, Bike Dog and Jack Rabbit.

Those in need of something to wash down their bier with were in luck with the festival’s mouthwatering feast of authentic German cuisine from Sacramento’s top chefs. Frickle Brothers, Broderick Roadhouse, Ten 22 and The German Deli were all there to serve Oktoberfest favorites including schnitzel, spaetzle and handmade bratwurst.

Festival goers enjoyed their drinks and food alongside live music from acts including The Internationals, Chico Bavarian Band, The Flying Dutchman and Alpine Horns as well as traditional Bavarian dance performances from Nature Friends Schuhplattler and Alpentanzer Schuhplattler.

Attendees also had a chance to burn off the beer by partaking in a game of stein holding, keg rolling, wurst tossing, corn hole and human-sized Jenga courtesy of Xoso Sports. Competitions for these events as well as lederhosen and dirndl dress contests were also held each day.

“Sactoberfest is a lot of fun and our members like to drink beer and play sports, so we thought it’d be a good fit,” said Nick Berruezo, Xoso Sports founder.

The festival even had activities for guests under 21 with 16+ carnival rides including a 60-ft ferris wheel overlooking Tower Bridge, Sacramento River and downtown Sacramento. Sactoberfest also included its first “Familiennachmitagen Day” on Sunday featuring family-friendly entertainment for guest of all ages.

With over 8,500 attendees, Sactoberfest is likely to bring its Sacramento twist to Oktoberfest for a third run next year with predictably more guests and even more beer.

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About the author

Jason Pham

Jason is a third-year undergraduate student studying English and communication at UC Davis. He began interning at Sacramento Press in October 2014 and has enjoyed covering stories that highlight Sacramento's unique culture. He is originally from the Bay Area and enjoys television marathons, sushi, and blogging about pop culture.

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