Historic Downtown McKinney is all set to tap the keg this weekend for the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration, with three full days of German fun, food, and of course beer! The event boasts dozens of different activities and entertainment options (competitions, arts & crafts, artisan shopping, a carnival, and more…) but honestly if you ask me, the main highlight is the food and drinks!
Friday, September 28, 5 to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, Noon to 5 p.m.
Historic Downtown McKinney
FOOD VENDORS TO LOOK FOR
Rye. Craft Food and Drink.
The new small plates concept at Rye is off to a solid start! So I'm beyond excited to see what they do with German specialties. Rye will feature a Pork Belly "Brat" with brussels, kraut and beer mustard as well as a Wienerschnitzel Poutine with hefeweizen vinegar, cipollini gravy, and cheese curds. They'll have dessert options as well: Jagermeister Ice Cream and Pretzel Chip Ice Cream, and even a drink: Spezi (A german soda that they're making in house. Part cola and part orange soda.)
Frios Gourmet Popsicles
Frios will have 2 pushcarts on either side of the square. Their gourmet pops are made with organic sugar, fresh fruit, organic milk, and some have cookie add-ins like Nutter Nutter, Cookies & Cream, and Lemon Icebox. When in doubt, go for the Caramel Sea Salt popsicle; or if you want to really feel like it's fall try the Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor.
Cadillac Pizza Pub
If you're not feeling the German fare, don't fret. Cadillac will be serving up some of their famous pizza. They will offer Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza. Also on their menu, Bratwurst because… Oktoberfest!
Pierogi lovers rejoice! Stop here to try Potato and White Farmer’s Cheese Pierogi, Cabbage and White Farmer’s Cheese Pierogi, BBQ Pork Pierogi
For a complete list of German Eats and Treats at the festival, click here.
NEW IN 2018 - VIP DINING EXPERIENCE
Whoever came up with this was a genius. Who doesn't love a VIP option?! And this one's a doozie. General admission to the event is free, but a purchased VIP ticket gets you oodles of extras:
Exclusive access to an air-conditioned, decorated VIP Bier Hall, located inside Gather McKinney.
Access to private indoor bathroom facilities throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"Skip the Line" - VIP food and drink tickets available inside Gather for purchase all day from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Snacks throughout the day provided by local restaurants 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free chilled bottled water throughout the day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Three-course dinner including German cheese board and choice of desserts.
Two beer tokens, each token good for one beer – serving Franconia and TUPPS products.
Entered into the VIP Beer Bus Raffle.
One commemorative Oktoberfest stein.
One souvenir Oktoberfest t-shirt.
Downtown merchant goodie bag.
German photo-op booth.
Private musical entertainment during dinner service.
All gratuities included.
Commemorative VIP lanyard
Find VIP tickets here.
Franconia Brewing Co.
A light golden, refreshing German beer that’s very popular in the mid-region of Germany. The Koelsch is brewed with two-row pale malt, malted wheat and Munich malt. Has a hint of citrus aroma and floral smell. The taste is light and refreshing with some citrus in the beginning and a nice dry hoppy finish with a little sweetness coming through at the end. ABV = 4.8%
Franconia's Oktoberfest beer is brewed to exhibit an amber-colored Mearzen. Full body, malty and some German Hersbrucker hops make this 5% ABV beer the perfect celebration drink during the Oktoberfest season. This highly, sought after seasonal is available from September 1 until it runs out.
A classic style and highly drinkable “Helles” Lager. The clean, whole grain toast aromas follow through to a dry medium-to-full body with excellent balance of lightly honey malt, astringent citrus and earth accented hops on the finish. ABV = 5.1%
Hofbrau Amber Marzen (Oktoberfest)
The name derives from the fact that it was originally brewed in March,“German März.” It was brewed with more alcohol so it would last over the summer without spoiling. The use of Münchner malt (darker malt but not roasted) gives it the light amber color with a caramel and biscuit flavor with an intense hop aroma. ABV = 6.1%
Brewed with wheat, citrus, coriander, and California ale yeast, this is a killer, crisp and refreshing year-round brew. ABV = 5.6%
Inspired by classic Munich Oktoberfest beers, but with the spirit of Texas craft, this ale brings a roasted flavor while remaining drinkable. Take three cans, fill your stein, and strap on your lederhosen...it's time to chicken dance! ABV = 5.5%
Daily Schedule of Activities: https://www.mckinneytexas.org/1820/Schedule-of-Oktoberfest-Activities
Why is "Oktoberfest" in September? https://abcnews.go.com/Business/oktoberfest-start-september/story?id=25635651