Oktoberfest -- the yearly celebration of all things German -- will have a taste of Tahoe Oct. 3-4 at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina.
Now in its 21st year, Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson offers a little something for everyone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3-4. Activities include German food and desserts, an owner and dog dress up contest, craft booths, face painting, pumpkin patch, balloon art, bouncy house, bungee platform, climbing wall, live music featuring the polka styling's of the "Gruber Family Band" and a beer and wine garden. New food choices this year include turkey legs and the Saint Archer IPA beer infused bratwurst.
This annual event will feature German-style beers brewed in California. Saint Archer Brewery of San Diego created a beer infused bratwurst exclusively for the event with its IPA. And another San Diego firm, Ballast Point's Longfin Lager will be on tap. Camp Richardson is also debuting a new collectible beer stein in ceramic and glass as well as a wine glass for purchase. To fill the mug, festival attendees can choose from seven different seasonal brews that range from Leingukegal's Oktoberfest to Drakes Hefeweizen, as well as Angry Orchard Hard Cider.
Oktoberfest features a sausage-eating contest. Interested contestants must sign up by 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the pumpkin patch. The showdown will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday on the main stage. Lederhosen are optional but encouraged. Other contests during the two-day festival range from beer stein holding to yodeling, with winners receiving gift certificates for food, activities and lodging at the resort. Food and beer can be purchased with Camp Richardson's Oktoberfest tickets that are on sale behind the hotel at the event.
Vendor row is bigger than ever with a record 45 tents with many handcrafted and made in Tahoe choices like Tahoe Mountain Soap, Tahoe Bathworks, High Sierra Crystals, and RISE design apparel and hats
The resort is offering a free bike valet this year in front of the Mountain Sports Center, across from the Historic Hotel, and for the extra effort everyone who rides a bike can collect a coupon for a take-out ice cream at Camp Richardson's Ice Cream Parlor. Admission and parking is free for Oktoberfest.