AMSTERDAM – The South Side will once again be transformed into a German village when OktoberFest returns to Bridge Street with a variety of activities, entertainment and beers on Saturday from 11am to 7pm.
Just weeks after the South Side was converted into the city’s own family-filled Little Italy for ItaliaFest, the tourism, marketing and recreation department will release the lederhosen to outfit Bridge Street with iconic German decorations for another event. family celebrating residents’ roots.
“We love to celebrate the different cultures that we have here in the city. Everyone really likes it, ”said Michele Pawlik, Associate Director of Recreation.
Now in its fifth year, OktoberFest shines a light on the abundant German heritage of local residents with themed activities in a festival atmosphere. This year’s event is sponsored by Lou’s Electric from Amsterdam.
“We are really excited to be back there,” Pawlik said of the event after his absence last year due to the pandemic.
The OktoberFest will feature over 100 vendors offering a wide variety of goods, crafts and food. Pawlik said the daily menu will include favorites and traditional German cuisine. Local restaurants will also set up on the South Side during the event, offering popular dishes and themed options.
In keeping with the fall craft season, the event will feature an arts activity tent hosted by Berkshire Farms where children will have the chance to use their creativity.
Live music and entertainment will also be on the menu with performances from Vegas Crush, Aaron’s ‘A’ line-up team and MedRock.
Adults in search of their new favorite drink can visit the beer garden to sample several varieties of beer or purchase a full cup. The recreation department also sells commemorative beer mugs that visitors can refill with a free first glass before paying the regular price to fill the large mug.
Participants will also have the chance to provide entertainment while practicing their traditional German calling skills at a fan favorite noon yodelling competition. This will be followed later today at 5:45 p.m. with a mug lifting competition that will challenge the adult participants to literally test how long they can hold their beer in an outstretched arm.
“People seem to really enjoy these two contests,” Pawlik said. “Especially after the last year that we have had, we need to laugh and have fun. It’s a good time all around ”
OktoberFest will offer something for everyone, Pawlik said, encouraging residents to join in the festivities on Bridge Street on Saturday.
“It will be a great day to enjoy another great festival with us on the south side,” said Pawlik.
OktoberFest will take place on Bridge Street on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and free. Parking will be available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and William H. Barkley School with a city-provided shuttle service for the event.
For more information on OktoberFest or to participate in any of the activities on offer, contact Michele Pawlik by email at [email protected] Adults 21 and over can pre-register to purchase a commemorative beer mug with tasting glass and t-shirt for $ 20 online at amsterdamrecreationdepartment.myonlinecamp.com/index.cfm.
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