With Oktoberfest being cancelled in Germany this year due to COVID-19, many people are looking for alternatives to their yearly trip to celebrate the German heritage. There are many ways you can celebrate at home or local Oktoberfest even if you can’t make the trip this year.
1. Plan your own back yard Oktoberfest. In most states, parties of 25 and under are still allowed without restriction. So put your Pandora station on “Oktoberfest Radio”, get some brats at your local store and look some recipes up for spätzle. Grabbing some Hofbräuhaus beer at your local beer distributor or making Gluhwein (German mulled wine) is the perfect touches to making your backyard Oktoberfest a hit!
Check out our friends over at www.backyardoktoberfest.com for an in depth party planning guide.
2. Eat at your local German restaurant or club. Not sure where that is? Here’s a great website that put together giving many locations in each state you can by authentic German food. https://germanfoods.org/find/stores-restaurants-by-state/ You can also do a quick internet search looking for your local club. Just make sure they are open to the public.
3. Dress the part. Regardless if you are going out or staying in, every German meal tastes better when in traditional costume. Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and set out for an evening of celebration and fun. Your German heritage can be celebrated whether or not Oktoberfest in Germany is cancelled or not!
And don’t forget the toast. No Oktoberfest is complete without Ein Prosit.