10 Great Places to Enjoy Oktoberfest in Orange County
Mid-September is approaching, which means it's almost time for Oktoberbest, the 16-day German folk festival annually held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. In Orange County, several festivals are being held from north to south, featuring dachshunds in costumes, oom-pah bands, and endless bratwurst, weisswurst, leberkase, and schnitzel. Several local restaurants will also be offering special menus for the occasion. And if festivals aren't enough for you, local German restaurants are also offering special menus for the occasion.
10. 7th Annual Accordion Festival & Samuel Adams Octoberfest Experience
Put an accordion festival and Oktoberfest together and you'll one hell of a time--if you don't believe me, come to the Orange County Market Place at OC Fairgrounds on September 27 and see for yourself. While tasting seasonal brews and eating special menu items from from Dogzilla, Baby's Burgers and the Grilled Cheese Truck, you can watch Jim Gilman und Der Burgermeisters perform traditional Oktoberfest music and the Doo-Wah Riders do their country thing. People coming mostly for the food should consider the $35 "beer experience" ticket that'll get you four 12 oz. beers, popcorn, a giant pretzel, and one item from the on-site food truck vendors.
OC Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, (949) 723-6660; ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx
9. Mattern Sausage & Deli (Orange)
There's always a line of people waiting for Mattern Sausage & Deli's meats, cheeses, and sandwiches, and that's because you won't find anything like 'em at the typical grocery store. Meat choices range from black forest ham to peppered beef, and the Reuben sandwich is particularly popular. Plus, they have great German beers and curry ketchup, which is popular in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
4327 E Chapman Ave, Orange, (714) 639-3550; facebook.com/Mattern-Sausage-Meats-131402813549764/timelineNext Page
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