Oktoberfest Comes to Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda OktoberfestIt’s time to pull out the lederhosen and the dirndl dresses! Friday is Oktoberfest in Punta Gorda.

History of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began in Munich in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The couple invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the royal event at the fields in front of the city gate. The festivities ended with the royal couple and their commoner guests cheering on horse races.

The city repeated the horse race the next year and the festivalgoers followed. Oktoberfest was born.

Punta Gorda Oktoberfest

The citizens of Punta Gorda, never ones to miss out on a good time, will celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday, October 4, 2013. There won’t be any horse races and probably no royal couple, but there will beer, wine, soda, German pork dishes  and, of course, wurst. Who needs anything else?

While you munch on your wursts and drink you beer, you can dance in the street to authentic German Oompah music.

Admission is free. The Oktoberfest celebration takes place in front of the Historic Court House on Taylor Street. The party starts at 5:00 p.m. and wraps up at 10:00 p.m.

Can’t get enough beer and bratwurst?

Is your mouth watering thinking about Friday night? Did  you know you can eat real, authentic German cuisine year-round in Punta Gorda? Visit Sandra’s restaurant at 111 West Olympia to satisfy all of your German food cravings.

Sandra’s serves schnitzels to sauerkraut to spätzels five nights a week. Their menu also dips into other parts of Europe with such tasty offerings as an Italian Antipasti and a Grecian grilled Feta cheese dish. When you get thirsty, you can chose from one of their eight German beers on tap. There is even a menu for the kids. And I have heard—straight from two little girls’ mouths—that the two potato pancakes with applesauce is really yummy. After dinner, you’ll love their Heiβe Love (hot love) German sunday with vanilla ice cream and rich raspberry sauce.

If you are thinking of checking out Sandra’s, they are open Tuesday and Wednesday 2:30-8:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 2:30-9:00 p.m. They will be closed this Friday, but you can still get some of their delicious dishes. Head on over to Oktoberfest and you will see them there!


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