- Date: Oct 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22 2016
- Location: Deutsches Haus - Metairie, LA
Oktoberfest in New Orleans means three weekends in October packed full of German food, music and of course lots of beer.
Beer fans need to add Oktoberfest to their calendars. Highlights of the Oktoberfest beer lineup include a number of German Biers ranging from well-known brands like Becks and Spaten to rarer offerings like Köstritzer’s Köstritzer gibt Momenten Seele. It's a centruies old black beer, known for its unique taste and slightly sparkling character.
You won’t go hungry. The menu this year includes traditional festival foods, Oktoberfest foods and German home cooking. Fast foods include French fries, chicken nuggets and other items. However, I’d suggest skipping those and moving right onto the grilled bratwursts on hard rolls with sauerkraut and fresh baked soft pretzels. If you want to sit down, the menu varies week to week, but will fall along the lines of beef goulash with Spätzle noodles, roasted pork loin with mushroom sauce or German meatloaf with bacon.
Make sure you bring your dancing shoes. Music this year varies from Oktoberfest favorites in the form of Ira Milan’s Polka Band to The Brats, a raucous, high energy reinterpretation of traditional German music. Special guests include the Crescent City Navy Brass Band, a group of professional musicians on loan from the Navy. Side note, keep an eye out for the German Chicken Dance. That’s all that I’ll say, you’ll have to see it for yourself.
Everyone is German during Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus (1023 Ridgewood Drive Metairie, LA), a short drive away from New Orleans proper. Oktoberfest Hours are Fridays from 4pm to 11pm and Saturdays from 1pm to 11pm.
The annual Oktoberfest celebration is sponsored by Deutsches Haus, a non-profit organization that celebrates and preserves German heritage and culture.