It’s that time of year again! Oktoberfest! A time to unapologetically drink too much beer and act a little silly all in the name of tradition. We’re a long way away from the 16-day beer festival happening in Munich, Germany but don’t let that stop you from joining in on the fun. Here are a dozen events happening throughout Central Florida where you can say “Prost!”
Wreckers Beer Pairing Dinner
Gaylord Palms Resort
Friday, September 27, 7-9pm
A six-course food and beer experience, featuring cuisine from local farms and ranches paired with organic beers from Orlando Brewing. $25.95, plus tax and service charge. For reservations call 407-586-1330.
Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Lake Mary
Friday, September 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Five gourmet courses, including a Bavarian Sausage Sampler and Black Forest Molten Cake.
$69 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 407-804-8220 for reservations.
Mini Beer School
Saturday, September 28
Instructed by Brewery President John Cheek, Mini Beer School students will gain knowledge of four very different beers, learning about ingredients, flavors, aromas and the brewing process while they taste the finished product. The organic beer tasting will be followed by a private tour of the brewery with President Cheek. Class begins at 4pm and will cost $20 to join. Please RSVP (407) 872-1117.
Third Annual Munich Style Oktoberfest
Bahia Shrine Complex
Saturday, September 28, 3pm
This event will feature live music by the Shriner’s Oktoberfest Band as well as German beer and fare including pretzels and potato salad.
Fort Mellon Park, Sanford
Saturday, September 28, 4pm – 8pm
Enjoy unlimited samples of the world’s greatest brews, including seasonal and limited edition selections, as well as grub from area restaurants including Hollerbach’s, Joe’s Crab Shack, The Corner Café, Park Avenue Popcorn Shoppe, and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. Tickets from $25.
Jake’s Beer Festival
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Friday, October 4, 5-9pm
An all-you-care-to-enjoy beer and food event with live music performed by Hindu Cowboys. Tickets $37.28
4th Annual Oktoberfest
Whole Foods Market, 8003 Turkey Lake Road
Friday, October 4, 6:30-9pm
Sample more than 60 different types of beer while enjoying live music, food and entertainment.
Craft Beer and Artisan Cheese Pairing with La Femme Du Fromage
Saturday, October 5, 4:30pm and 7:15pm
Orlando Brewing and local cheese guru Tonda Corrente Nazario of La Femme Du Fromage join forces for a uniquely handcrafted experience featuring 5 organic Orlando Brewing beers paired with 5 handcrafted, farmstead & artisan cheese. This paring will take place twice on October 5th. $20 per person. RSVP by calling (407) 872-1117.
German American Society’s Oktoberfest
German American Society of Central Florida
October 5, 2-11pm AND October 26, 2-11pm
Oompah bands plus German beer and food make up this authentic Oktoberfest celebration.
Nerd Nite (The German Edition)
Thursday, October 10, 7pm-9pm
Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for fun-yet-informative presentations. On 10.10.13 this gathering will take place at the Orlando Brewing Taproom and will focus on German culture and beer. The event will run from 7pm-9pm and a food truck will be on premise. $10 per person.
Alive After 5: Oktoberfest
Thursday, October 10, 5-8pm
Wander along the street listening to live music and sampling beer and food.
$7 includes food and beverage sampling.
Avalon Park Town Center
October 11-12, 5-10pm
This two-day outdoor event will feature German music by Europa, Alpine dancing, magic shows, food and a beer garden.