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Where to go for Oktoberfest?

Tatyana Gourov Aug 27, 2001 03:11 PM

I need help. My family and I would like to go to Oktoberfest but are at a loss as to where to go exactly. We are interested in good beer and great (hopefully authentic) German food and are willing to travel from NY to anywhere on the East coast. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Jim Dorsch RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 27, 2001 04:36 PM

    If there's a German store in your area, stop in and see if they have a German-language newspaper. Here in the DC area there is such a paper, and they have lots of listings for Oktoberfests. The language barrier is not much of an obstacle in this case.

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      Dean RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 30, 2001 08:28 AM

      Great city, large German population, fests in late September.

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        amusebouche RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 30, 2001 11:19 AM

        I recall an Oktoberfest every year in Wayne County Pa. on the north side of the Poconos about 2 hours from NY. I think it may be at a German restarant called The Alpine in Honesdale on Rt.6, but it's been a few years and my memory is fuzzy.

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          Lisa Bee RE: Tatyana Gourov Sep 4, 2001 12:09 AM

          According to friends, DC has some nice O Fest activities. And there's a decent sized gathering in Cambridge, MA, though I've never been.

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            BobB RE: Lisa Bee Aug 13, 2009 01:19 PM

            The one in Cambridge is a studenty street fair that bears little resemblance to a real Oktoberfest.

          2. Insidious Rex RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 13, 2009 12:19 PM

            Wow old post... but then Oktoberfest has been going on for 199 years now so I guess theres no expire date for this question...


            Sorry about the mag... but the list is pretty good. Ive heard the Cincinnati fest is the biggest in the US. And the Columbus German village sounds intriguing.

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              KristieB RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 19, 2009 11:50 PM

              The German Pantry in Norfolk, Virginia is a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall.

              1. Passadumkeg RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 20, 2009 04:00 AM

                Southwest Harbor, Maine? Good local beers, not much German food, but beautiful scenery at a beautiful time of year in New England.

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                  mexivilla RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 20, 2009 06:08 AM

                  Kitchener Ontario-take a look at http://www.oktoberfest.ca/

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                    wineman3 RE: Tatyana Gourov Aug 20, 2009 01:40 PM

                    A little further but Munich is the one and only Oktoberfest. Nothing compares!! Best party in the world!!! The food, the atmosphere, the parades, the Beer Halls, the girls, the music and the Beer. WOW what memories...........

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