Stockton

Stockton’s Biggest Sausagefest just keeps growing

In News on October 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm

One of the many great things about Stockton is its diverse mix of cultures. Rarely does a month go by without some sort of cultural heritage festival. October is no different with multiple Oktoberfest celebrations, giving people the opportunity to celebrate German heritage regardless of their background. The biggest Oktoberfest celebration in the city happens tomorrow at the Waterfront Warehouse with the Downtown Stockton Alliance’s Stocktoberfest.

In it’s 3rd year, Stocktoberfest has evolved from an evening event loosely resembling a pub crawl (minus the actually crawling of course) to an afternoon long party featuring 10 different brews, beer-themed competitions, 3 musical acts, and lots of food that isn’t necessarily German themed (although there will be plenty of sausage). Perhaps the biggest selling point is Stocktoberfest’s signature drink special, for $5 you can get any stein you bring from home filled. They do mean any stein, I always bring my 2-liter glass boot to the event and never leave spending more than $20.

New to this year’s Stocktoberfest is a VIP event. In previous years a VIP ticket got you a commemorative stein and some beer tickets, that’s been expanded a bit to include a lederhosen T-shirt and early access an hour before the 2pm General Admission start time. Sadly, according to the DSA’s Events Coordinator Chris Kotsoglou, it’s too late to take advantage of that offer. “It’s the first time we offered it,” he said via e-mail, “and it sold out.” Kotsoglou also laid out some the newer additions to the annual beer and brats festival. “A big, new thing is the Brew Angels,” he says. “They’re a home brew group from the area,” he continues, “and they’ll be giving a brewing demonstration and selling samples of their home beer.”

In addition to the food and drinks, Stocktoberfest has added more entertainment to the event with Sacramento band The Nothin’ Personal and the 209 All Stars performing. Accordian player Bruno Cerri will also be back this year to provide some more traditional accompaniment.

As with most alcohol-centric events, people are urged to find alternate modes of transportaion. There will be a bike valet available for the eco-friendly travelers and a bay of cabs will be available at the end of the festivities to provide safe transportation home for drinkers.

Stocktoberfest begins at 2pm Saturday at the Waterfront Warehouse. Tickets are $22. More information available at Stocktoberfest.com.

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