Celebrate Oktoberfest in sunny Florida

  • Category: Family Fun
  • Date: Monday, 01 January 0001

The white sand and sunshine of Palm Beach in Florida might seem a million miles from Germany at the heart of Europe, but every autumn the resort of Lake Worth transforms itself into a Bavarian town to celebrate Oktoberfest. 

Organised by the local American German Club, the event features everything you'd expect of a traditional European beer festival, with visitors able to sample authentic cuisine, watch folk dancing performances and, of course, wet their whistles with beers imported from Munich. 

There should be plenty of beer to go around as the event is being split over two consecutive weekends in October, with doors open on the 11-13th and 18-20th. Tickets costs $8 for adults, but accompanied children under the age of 12 go free. 

Parents should not be concerned about taking their young ones to Oktoberfest as the event is branded as family friendly, with the kids' zone designed to keep them entertained while the adults grab a brew or two. 

"Next to the Christmas tree, Oktoberfest is the most popular German custom that Germany has ever exported to the rest of the world," claim the festival's organisers. 

Oktoberfest first started in Munich in 1810 and in the intervening years, the celebration of beer has grown into the world's largest fair, with more than six million visitors.

Although the Palm Beach event is considerably smaller in scale, it is still promising to serve up bratwurst, potato salad, leberkase and sauerkraut, which tourists can wash down with original Hofbrau Bier. Two bands from Germany are even flying over to provide the musical entertainment. 

One of the most popular tunes played at last year's event was the Fliegerlied - a song about someone who is having such a good time that he thinks he can fly like a plane, is as strong as a tiger and as tall as a giraffe, and comes with its very own dance. 

For accommodation during the event, look no further than the Chesterfield Palm Beach, which offers a 'Vacation Together' package for groups.