By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, October 1, Oklahoma City’s inaugural German-style craft beer festival, OKCtoberfest will be held in the historic OKC Farmers Market District at 1225 SW 2nd Street. OKCtoberfest will feature food trucks, live music, and a “carefully curated selection of local brew.”
The festival begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Presenting sponsors for OKCtoberfest include Anthem Brewing Company, Ogletoberfest Beer and The OKC Farmers Market District. A portion of the proceeds benefits The OKC Farmers Market District.
“We are very excited to bring Oklahoma City its first and only German-style beer festival,” said Patrick Lively, president and brewmaster of Anthem Brewing Company, OKCtoberfest’s presenting sponsor.
When asked how the idea of OKCtoberfest came about, Lively said, “I was drinking Ogletoberfest—our award-winning Vienna style lager—with The Lost Ogle founder Patrick Riley, and we decided Oklahoma City deserved its own Oktoberfest style beer festival.
“It made sense to locate it in the Farmers Market District, since that is Anthem’s home.”
Lively recalled, “That conversation with Patrick over some beers sparked the collaboration that resulted in the birth of OKCtoberfest.”
OKCtoberfest will offer the beer enthusiast and their budget 16 oz. pours for just $5, cash or credit.
The event will include live music, games, food trucks, festival merchandise and more than 30 different beers on tap—a “curated selection of German and American style, local craft beers and seasonal favorites,” organizers said.
In addition, OKCtoberfest will offer “more than bratwurst for the eating,” Lively said.
The OKC Farmers Market District’s own Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park has put together a “best-of” lineup of Oklahoma City food trucks. Each truck is adding an Oktoberfest-style entree to its menu for festival participants.
Delmar’s A-list of founding food truck partners include: The Loaded Bowl, Blue Donkey Café, Midway Deli, Mutts, Pinky’s Rolling Fresh, St. Paddy Cakes, and Murphy’s Cool Shack.
“We’ll even have big screen TVs going for our college football fans,” Lively added.
Featured breweries at OKCtoberfest include Coop Ale Works, Roughtail Brewing, and Black Mesa Brewing.
Other participating brewers include Bilburger Premium Pils, Bitter Sisters Hissy Fit Marzen Lager, Blue Moon, Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler, Boulevard Wheat, Core Toasted Coconut, Crispin Cider, Hofbräu Märzen, Hofbräu Oktoberfesbier, Jack Traveler, König Ludwig Dunkel, Marshal The Oktoberfest, Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn, Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams OctoberFest, Shiner Oktoberfest, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Tallgrass Zombie Monkie, Warsteiner Dunkel, and Warsteiner Oktoberfest.
To purchase discount tickets online or to view the complete lineup of beers and food trucks, go to www.OKCtoberfest.net. Tickets can also be purchased at The Anthem Tap Room, 908 SW 4th St. To learn more, call 405-633-0405.