Historic Downtown McKinney is all set to tap the keg next weekend for the 12th annual Oktoberfest celebration, with three full days of German food, fun 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, drinks and Polka music!
Friday, September 27, noon to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 29, Noon to 5 p.m.
Historic Downtown McKinney
FOOD VENDORS TO LOOK FOR
Fischer's Meat Market
Traveling all the way from Muenster, a tiny German town northwest of here, is the famous Fischer's Meat Market. Open since 1927, this family run business will be your meat lovers paradise! Expect sausage plates, sausage on a stick, Reuben sandwiches, and jerky. Let your inner carnivore take over!
Granny Dee's Pierogi
What's a pierogi you ask? Pierogies are dumplings, first boiled ,then baked or pan fried with butter and onions, then stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit. Along with pierogies, Granny Dee will be serving up cheesy potatoes, cabbage, sausage, and haluski.
Oma's German Treats
This German mother and daughter team will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth! The pair will be dishing out traditional German fair treats like fritters, waffle on a stick, deep-fried waffles, and cherry crumble. Now if that doesn't scream festival food, then I don't know what does!
Scallywags may have shut down their McKinney location off El Dorado (remember the random pirate ship in the middle of a parking lot?), but they aren't gone for good! Besides serving up their traditional shaved ice, Scallywags will also be serving Spaghettieis- a German ice cream dish made to look like a plate of spaghetti. Random, I know. But my curiosity probably can't keep me away!
For a complete list of German Eats and Treats at the festival, click here.
THE VIP DINING EXPERIENCE
Coming back after last years debut, is the VIP Dinner Experience. Truly live like German royalty when you purchase these VIP tickets for Saturday. The event venue Gather turns into the VIP Bier Hall where you will have all day access to snacks, cold water, private bathrooms, and AC- the calendar may say fall, but we know that here in Texas it still feels like summer through October, so the AC and water is a must!
Along with the necessities for survival, VIPs also receive a commemorative Oktoberfest stein and t-shirt. Cassie still flaunts her t-shirt around to this day!
And after all of this, VIPs have a three-course meal with private entertainment to look forward to! Oh, and you also get two beers a piece! Dinner starts at 7pm, and it truly is a great German experience. You'll get full on food and beer, dance, laugh, and make new friends.
To learn more and purchase VIP tickets, click here.
Franconia Brewing Co.
This is an original German Hefeweizen Brewed with over 50% malted wheat and original Bavarian wheat yeast. “A must try!” Our Traditional fermentation brings out an explosion of banana, orange, and clove aromas and flavors. Don’t miss out on the chance to try some German flavors from the great state of Texas!!!
A German “Dunkel” (dark) brewed as a Lager with Two Row Malt, Munich Malt and some Roasted Malts. Spiced up with German Hops from the Hallertau and a German Lager Yeast gives this Brew a nice dunkel (dark) color and some Malt sweetness with a nice finish of balanced Hops and a little chocolaty taste for the finish.
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%
Introducing National Standard, a Light American Ale. This beer is light, crisp and crush-able. This is your new go-to summer beer for the lake, the pool, the BBQ, the dinner parties, the...you get the point! ABV = 5.2%
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%
There are two main stages where music and dancing will go down. You'll hear traditional German, Czech, and Bavarian music. Complete with accordians, trumpets, and tubas, all accompanied by lederhosens and apron dresses. Just how a traditional Oktoberfest should be!
Click here to get more info on the musical acts.
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