We have Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to thank for this wonderful tradition. If he had not gotten married in 1810 and decided the celebration should last for two weeks? No Oktoberfest (it was such a great time the two week celebration has lasted for over 200 years).
And of course the best place in the Twin Cities to celebrate this decidedly German tradition, why the Black Forest Inn. They know the right mixture of beer, sausages, roast chicken, pretzels and music to celebrate right.
Each night of this celebration with Black Forest Inn has a theme, so check out their calendar of events or the list below to make sure you know what is on tap for the evening. You can toast, eat dumplings, or even get married (yes, I said, get married)!
There is even a menu cover contest, so get your entry in, guidelines are here.
Oktoberfest starts next weekend, so we hope to see you there, who knows, you might even end up in one of their slideshows of people partying for Oktoberfest.
OKTOBERFEST EVENTS AT BLACK FOREST INN
Day One: Prost! Night
Friday September 26, 2014
The best way to start Oktoberfest is with a toast! Celebrate fall, beer, and each other with a toast. We’ll have some for you to read, or make up your own. Standing up to toast is encouraged. Speaking from the heart is essential. Rhyming is optional. Prizes will be awarded for exceptional toasts.
6:00 – 7:30 pm Live music!Alphorns! The Matterhorn Trio will play outside in our beer garden
7:30 pm Ceremonial Keg Tapping & restaurant-wide toast
7:30 – 9:30 pm Toasting!
7:30 – 9:30 pm Live music!Jim ten Bensel on horns and Denny Malmberg on accordion
Day Two: Eurotrash Night
Saturday September 27, 2014
Bust out the leather pants because you don’t just think you’re cool, you know you’re cool. And you’ve got the repetitive dance moves to prove it!
Day Three: Dumpling Day
Sunday, September 28, 2014
We’re not taking any sides in any ongoing dumpling wars. There’re all delicious to us! We’ll have the best and the biggest, the fluffiest and the heartiest, a-meal-in-itself-ers, and the dessert type dumplings. The Dumpling Appreciation Society meets here today!
6:30 – 9:00 pm Live music!Dreamland Faces, an accordion and saw duo
Day Four: The Wurst Night of Oktoberfest
Monday September 29, 2014
We’ll celebrate sausages with sausage specials, mustards galore and fantastic sausage-enhancing condiments. Order the “brat bar” and choose your sausages and sides. Swim in sauerkraut. Pile your plate with pickles. Relish some relish. You deserve our best. We’ll give you our wurst.
Brat bar includes: Handmade bratwurst, Handmade chicken curry sausage, Weisswurst, Polish sausage, celery relish, fried peppers, fried onions, sauerkraut, homemade Bavarian Sweet mustard, Maple mustard, Horseradish sauerkraut sauce, Curry ketchup, rye bread, potato salad, red cabbage and pickles. All that sausage goodness for $15.00
5:00 pm – 10:00 pmThe Brat Bar Is open!
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Live Music!Mark Stillman on accordion
Day Five: Kino Abend (Movie Night)
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Silent movies. Live music. Beer.
Day Six: Faust Night
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Faust Night, where everything comes at a terrible price.
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Faustian Bargains offered to the brave (or foolish)
No one will actually be damned tonight.
Day Seven: Herman the German Night
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Get in the way back machine: Arminius! Germanicus! Folk heroes from a time when there weren’t that many folks. Fight the Romans! Fight each other! The Germans were the original pagans, the original barbarians and they were so not unified.
7:00 – 9:00 pm Schells beer samples & prizes
9:00 pm Schells prize drawing – enter to win a free brewery tour, gas card and one night’s stay at the Holiday Inn New Ulm!
Day Eight: Angela Merkel Night / Reunification Day
Friday, October 3, 2014
Austerity is the new black! Join us in celebrating Germany’s answer to the Iron Lady. She may not be able to keep a coalition government together, but she has such a practical haircut. Wear your best tweed suit! Bonus! This is a real German holiday! It was 25 years ago that the wall came down and not long after that Germany became one country again.
All day! Reunification cards available
6:30 – 9:00 pm Live music!Jim ten Bensel on horns & Dee Langley on accordion
In honor of Reunification Day, we are helping foster other, smaller reunifications. We’ll have cards and envelopes for you to address to a long lost relative, an old friend, a seldom seen neighbor or anyone else. The card says “Let’s Reunify!”, and enclosed is a five dollar gift certificate to the Black Forest Inn, good for one year. Plenty of time to plan your own reunification! Handy tips for celebrating Angela Merkel Picture captioning!
We pushed the tables together. Get it? We re-unified them.
Day Nine: Tie the Knot Night
Saturday October 4, 2014
As you know, originally, Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration. So we’re going back to it’s roots, and honoring the original Oktoberfest tonight. Get married! Renew your vows! Celebrate your anniversary! We have all the fixin’s: ministers, flowers, bridesmaids, wedding cake, and an atmosphere of love.**
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Live music!
All day weddings & vow renewals
Summit Night!Enter the prize drawing for a Summit prize package (a sweatshirt, a hat, a case of beer and some glasses)!
**Seriously, you could have your wedding here. Call us. And don’t forget to get your marriage license seven days in advance.
Day Ten: Drain the Keg Night
Sunday October 5, 2014
We don’t want to lug any barrels home with us after the party, so we’re going to start dropping the price of beer at 2 pm and keep dropping it until the beer is gone. Seriously.
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm Price on ½ liters of beer drops $0.25 per hour
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Live music!Mark Stillman on accordion
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Price on ½ liters of beer drops $0.50 per hour