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