Dust off the dirndl and lederhosen, serve up some würst and sip on some foamy märzens—we’ve got one last Oktoberfest party! The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples(C’MON)’s tOktoberfest Oktoberfest celebration strives to bring the legendary Munich festival to these shores on November 2 from 7-11 p.m.
Oktoberfest has been a Bavarian tradition since 1810. It began when crown prince Ludwig, who became king of Bavaria in 1825, married princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen. The festival continues to this day at the same location, Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s meadow”).
In Germany, the only beers allowed at Oktoberfest are those that have a minimum ABV of 6 percent and are brewed within Munich city limits: Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner-Bräu, Hofbräu-München, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Dubbed märzen, these specialty brews have become one of the most popular seasonal beers in the United States. C’MON is taking a page out of the Bavarian playbook, enlisting Naples’ first microbrewery, Naples Beach Brewery, as the sudsy craft beer provider for the November 2 celebration. Master Brewer Will Lawson will be bringing four brews to the party, each distinct and incredibly refreshing:
Naples Beach Brewery’s Weizen is an unfiltered wheat beer that uses traditional Bavarian yeast strains giving the beer a fruity, slightly sweet smell and taste.
Photo by Vanessa Rogers
Two brews on tap are part of his six-beer portfolio that are always available at the brewery: the Mango Ginger Tripel (7.5% ABV), a light-colored Belgian ale made with crystallized ginger and mango chunks; and the Naples Beach Weizen (4.9% ABV), a traditional unfiltered Bavarian wheat beer. Two additional beers have been brewed specifically for the occasion and season: FestivAle (4.8% ABV), is Naples Beach’s take on the traditional Bavarian märzen; and PumpkinFest (4.8% ABV), uses the märzen base, then infuses it with fall flavors, including pumpkin, pumpkin spice and brown sugar.
As for eats, Johnsonville Sausage has taken on the role of title sponsor, ensuring an authentic German spread of würst to satiate the appetite. Guest chefs will be on hand to whip up some of their favorite German bites for revelers.
But the best part of this Oktoberfest-by-November party is that proceeds benefit C’MON’s programming, which includes educational classes, events and exhibits for children as young as toddlers through elementary school and of all abilities.
- Tickets for C’MON’s second annual Oktoberfest cost $125, which includes food, drink and entertainment.
- For more information or to purchase tickets, visit cmon.org.