Great Escape: Take a Ride to the Southland's Largest Oktoberfest

German food, drink and entertainment rocks this annual celebration

Who knew that when a royal wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen took place in Munich on October 12, 1810, it would become a yearly celebration outside of Europe?  The celebration, which took place for a week, is now known as Oktoberfest. Although there are celebrations at various pubs and restaurants throughout the Southland, Alpine Village in Torrance is the home of the oldest and largest local Oktoberfest.

This year’s festival is being held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 23 in a 32,000 square foot tent alongside the Village itself, which is a Bavarian theme shopping center that is open year round, complete with shops, an import market, bakery, cafe, restaurant and bierhall.  

Come Oktoberfest time, the center turns into a giant party every weekend.  Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah big bands flown in direct from Germany, comedian Heino orchestrates all the activities, while German food and drink  is offered in abundance. Specialities include glazed smoked pork chops, bier-steamed bratwurst with caramelized onions, pretzel-crusted chicken cordon bleu, potato pierogi with gorgonzola cream sauce, spaetzle, apple strudel and black forest cake.  Imported German beer is served in one litter glass mugs and steins.

Friday and Saturdays are for adults 21 and older, while Sundays are Family Days with special activities for kids.

For tickets and further information, check out www.alpinevillagecenter.com


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