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Sep 4, 2010 08:36 PM

Oktoberfest thoughts - Boylston Schul-Verein?

Can anyone comment on the chow and atmosphere at the Boylston Schul-Verein Oktoberfest in Walpole? I'm wondering whether it's worth the trip out there next weekend. Nothing comes up when I do a board search. I know that a lot of the Oktoberfests closer to Boston are not particularly food-oriented and/or totally packed madhouses... is this one different in any way?

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  1. I've never been but others have told me it gets high marks in food and family freindly atmosphere. Very poular and well known.

    1. Went today. Admission was $8.00 per adult. Very crowded but lines moved fast. Drafts were $4.00. Hot dogs $2.00 (Kayem brand). Sausages $3.00 (kind of fatty but not in a good way - sauerkraut was tasty and made up for that), fried potatoes $2.50 (very good). Black forest cake $3.50 (delicious). Pony rides for the kids were $2.00. Lots of other games that were free.
      We had a nice time. Beautiful day, prices very reasonable. If you go tomorrow I would suggest bringing chairs and a blanket and set up a "home base" then setting out for food/drinks as opposed to wandering around w/ arms loaded up with food trying to find a table.

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      1. re: jezebel

        Actually, we went yesterday evening and it was a great time. Pretty substantial lines for both food and beer (25-30 minutes), at least when we were there (~7pm). Fair pricing on both - $9 bought a plate of OK sauerkraut (in my opinion it was a little insipid, but then again I tend to like stronger flavored sauerkraut) , two pretty good if not spectacular sausages (a brat type and a weisswurst), brown bread, and tasty potato salad. There was also leberkäse available, which was good, and potato pancakes which I didn't try. Warsteiner on draft, which isn't my favorite, but there were also $4.50 Paulaner Salvator bottles (not a bad deal at all!) as well as Weihenstephaner hefeweiss (and I think they had other Weihenstephaner varieties available earlier in the day). Also a full bar as well as wine by the glass (well, plastic cup). There was plenty of seating both inside and outside the pavilion and the atmosphere was very cheerful - kids dancing all over the place to the oompah band, older folks in traditional garb, etc. All in all, it's probably not a chow destination, but I had a lot of fun at a decent price.