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Oktoberfest comes to Kemah this weekend

KEMAH, October 2, 2013—Oktoberfest! No other single word conveys at once the ultimate party with the most fun, the best food, and the coldest beer. The historic Kemah Lighthouse District will become “Bavaria on the Bay” this weekend, and ring with the sound of "Oom Pah" bands, song and the clink of cold, foaming steins; the air rich with the sizzle and scent of succulent food.

The Kemah Oktoberfest will feature all the wonderful food, music, drink, and dance of the German, Czech, Polish, and Dutch people. Vendors will create a German "Marktplatz," or market place, featuring beautiful crafts, clothing, pottery, wood carving, and more. Patrons can enjoy the mouth-watering country fare for which Oktoberfests are famous throughout the world, served by King's Biergarten of Pearland, named "The Best German Restaurant in America, 2012-2013." Budweiser, the King of Beers, created by German immigrants in the 19th century is the perfect partner to bring fine German and seasonal beers to celebrate the brewer’s art. Children’s activities will entertain the “kinder,” and patrons of all ages can join in traditional folk dances and chicken dance competitions.

King's Biergarten and vendors from around the country will serve up the best, from grilled bratwurst to strudel, German Beer Pretzels, a variety of specialty sausages, Bavarian smoked pork loin, sauerkraut, Austrian potato salad, brötchens, and more. Festival favorites include corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes, shaved ice, and more.

Kemah is the Gateway to the Bay, so in that spirit, the "World's Largest Boiler" will be on hand producing tons of fresh Gulf shrimp, just off the boat and at the peak of the fall season. Bayou favorites include Gumbo, Jambalaya and Alligator. And speaking of beer - fine brews include Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweisen, Beck’s, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Zeigenbock, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and, of course, Budweiser and Bud Light. In addition, to make this Oktoberfest unique, we have our beer experts searching the globe for expertly-crafted seasonal beer that has never been served in America, worthy of being featured and exclusively offered at the Kemah Oktoberfest.

The rollicking, buoyant German songs and dance music, polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and more will be provided by some of the Gulf Coast region’s best performers, Enzian Buam and Mark Halata & Texavia, true “musik meisters” who will have you dancing, and singing along to the sway of bier steins and sausage-on-a-stick. German music evolved in Texas with other immigrant influences to create country music, performed here by Jerrod Sterrett and the Hired Guns, The Good, Bad, & Ugly, and The Stringbenders. German folk dance will be performed by the Deer Park High School Folk Dancers in colorful costumes.

The event will take place October 4 – 6, in the City Parking Lot, located on Bradford Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets, in Kemah. Friday, and Saturday, the festival will run from Noon – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, it will run from Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free on Friday, until 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m. on Friday, admission is $8.00 for adults. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.

For more information, visit the festival website at http://oktoberfest.gulfcoastfestivals.com/index.html.

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