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Gateway Funding Octobeer Fest presented by Aire Serv is returning to Old Town! On October 17th and 18th, the streets of Old Town Winchester will reverberate with “Gutan tag!” and “Ein prosit” as we welcome another Octobeer Fest. This two day event is a great foundation for a weekend trip to Winchester. Hugely successful last year, drawing approximately 2,000 attendees, this beer and wine festival brings the spirited celebration of Oktoberfest to the Loudoun Street walking mall on Friday October 17th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday October 18th from noon until 8 p.m.
Throughout the event live entertainment will accentuate the ambiance of the mall with traditional Biergarten oompah music echoing down Loudoun Street courtesy of the Edelweiss Band. Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, current and previous members of The Edelweiss Band have been entertaining crowds in the region since 1969. After the success of last year’s Octobeer Fest, they are returning to Old Town Winchester to bring a blend of woodwind, brass horns, and percussion that will have attendees wanting to dance along with their take on traditional themes.
This year Octobeer Fest will feature additional stations offering a wider variety of beer and wines. More than 25 different craft beers, several of them seasonal brews, and 15 wines from around the globe will surely satisfy wine enthusiasts and craft beer buffs alike. Beers like Löwenbräu Original and Krombacer Dark and Erbacher and Matheus wineries have added a German flavor in the past, and we look to do the same this year. Oktoberfest staples kielbasa and pretzels, courtesy of Village Market Bistro and Jordan Springs Market BBQ, will be on hand to compliment the spirits on tap.
A weekend stay at the Four Diamond Award winning Bavarian Inn nestled in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia will be the grand prize of the Best Bavarian Costume Contest, and will be up for grabs to the lucky attendee who wants it the most. This means come dressed in your absolute best lederhosen, finest dirndls, and biggest smiles.
On Saturday of the event there will be a troupe of Bavarian dancers to delight attendees. On both Friday and Saturday, a strolling accordion player will be waltzing up and down the walking mall on to contribute to the ambiance of the Bavarian theme.
Children are welcome with adult supervision, and not only do children 12 years old and younger receive free admission, there will be plenty of activities along the walking mall to delight and entertain the youngsters in your life.
Win a VIP Limo Coach Party with Sprint during Octobeer Fest for you and 11 friends and family on Saturday. The Limo will pick you and your friends up and transport you to the event, then take you home. A special space will be reserved within the venue, with light refreshments provided. Winner will receive 12 special advance tasting tickets. The limo will pick up winners around 11:00 AM and close to 8:00 PM (or sooner – winner’s preference). Persons must be 21 years old or older to register at the Sprint stores in the Apple Blossom Mall or Kernstown Commons.
Octobeer Fest is rain or shine, and will offer seating in several large tents decorated in the same vein as a German Brat Haus, so make sure to bring an umbrella or rain coat if inclement weather is predicted, and do not let Mother Nature keep you at home.
Advance tasting packages are available leading up to Octobeer Fest for $10. This package gets you admission, a souvenir 4 oz. glass, and 4 tastings. Admission day of the event is $5, with $5 packages of 3 tastings available for purchase. A selection of beer and wines will also be available by the glass for $5 dollars a serving. Beer and Wine sales benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. The advance packages are available for purchase online here and in person at Espresso Bar and Café and Old Town General Store on the Loudoun Street walking mall and Jim Stutzman Chevrolet Cadillac at 2700 Valley Avenue.
A great source of information about Octobeer Fest and other goings on in Old Town Winchester is the Old Town Winchester app that is free and available on iOS and Android devices, with useful features like: upcoming event calendar, map of dining options, shopping hot spots, special deals, GPS guided tours, and other features to check out!
This event is hosted by the City of Winchester.
The Aikens Group is our hotel sponsor. For information regarding their feature hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, visit http://aikensgroup.com/go/listings/hotels/ .
People interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering should contact Dario Savarese at (540)722-8700 and firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about Old Town Winchester and other upcoming events, contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager at (540)535-3660 and Jennifer.Bell@winchesterva.gov. For more information, visit the website, www.OldTownWinchesterVA.com, and like us on Facebook. Visit Old Town Winchester’s channel on YouTube.