Oktoberfest in South Jersey (Yes, in South Jersey, Where The Trees Are Made of Wood)

Do we have Oktoberfest traditions here in South Jersey? Well, we’re getting them slowly but surely. BUT – we have nothing like the traditions in the following video (and as a warning, the video is not really for the kids – no nudity or anything like that, but, y’know, there’s just too much here to explain to the young’uns):

Just for clarification, they don’t really throw Americans out of windows in Bavarian restaurants. Mind you, I was once part of a group of college students that got asked to leave the Hofbrau Haus in Munich for…well, hey, look at the time. And I need to finish my post here…so where was I? Oh yeah…

Like I was saying, Oktoberfest isn’t a big tradition in South Jersey, but the number of Oktoberfest events seems to be on the rise. Even since we started the blog, there appear to be more events being organized. So let’s break out that lederhosen and see what’s on tap:

Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade got the party started on September 17 with their Oktoberfest Celebration, which will continue until October 3.

Wedgwood Country Club in Turnersville is having its annual Oktoberfest Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Friday October 1 from 7PM to 10PM. Besides your German food and beer, not to mention Oompah music and dancing, there will be wines to sample, a blind beer tasting competition (officiated by Gary Monterosso) and even prizes to the ten best dressed couples. The cost is $30 per person at the door.

On October 2 and 3, you will have a number of events taking place. Cape May’s Oktoberfest on Jackson Street, which will be held on October 2, has been happening for a few years now. Enjoy the beer garden as well as traditional food and music. Ironstone Village Center in Medford will also have its annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 2. Enjoy 60 craft beers on tap at the Oktoberfest celebration at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville from 5PM to 9PM for $30 a person. Historic Smithville in Galloway Township is holding its annual Oktoberfest festival on both days from 10AM to 5PM. And Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City will be stomping up a storm with their Oktoberfest and Grape Stomping Festival on October 3 from 12PM to 5PM. Stomp grapes, sample great food and beer, and even try some of Renault’s wines.

Artisan’s Brewery and Italian Grill in Toms River is having an Oktoberfest dinner on October 8 from 7PM to 11PM. It will be a multi-course dinner with a beer paired with each course. The cost is $50 per person. A German Dinner will also be on the menu at Laurita Winery in New Egypt on October 22. (More details should be forthcoming from Laurita on this event.)

Take an excursion to Excursion Park in Sea Isle City on October 23 for their own Octoberfest celebration. Included in the festivities this year is a pie baking contest.

And, on October 23 and 24, Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is throwing their two-day Oktoberfest shindig in their Grand Ballroom. The cost to attend is $5 a person.

– John

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