Forest Grove will have its very own Oktoberfest Celebration downtown from 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 on Main Street and 21st Ave. Donna Gustafson of Bella Donna's Bistro is the prime mover behind the event and she has this to say, "Bella Donna's is a European inspired bistro owned by a woman who loves her German food and the celebration of Oktoberfest. Fall is beautiful in the Pacific Northwest and what better way to celebrate than a family friendly Oktoberfest event in the heart of Historic Downtown Forest Grove. The location for the event will be held in the same style as Forest Grove's Farmers market and will not only bring people together for fun and activities but can stimulate commerce for the downtown businesses bringing people from far and wide to our beautiful city."
While there will be beer in the biergarten hosted by Kaiser Brewing for those attendees over 21, the Oktoberfest is family oriented. Gustafson says, "Besides local vendors and downtown shops participating there will be carnival games, bounce house, ax throwing and dunk tank as well as food and drink. For the dunk tank we have school teachers, a Forest Grove City Councilor and Forest Grove's Police Chief Henry Reimann."
A centerpiece of the festival is the open-air Bavarian Dining Hall hosted by Bella Donna's. According to Gustafson, "We are serving an authentic house -made German five course meal family style with options such as Sauerbraten, which is the national food of Germany, Chicken Schnitzel, pretzels, Black Forest Cake and more. Reservations recommended at www.oktoberfestfg.com."
Entertainment by Miles to Go, Lola and Neil Duo, Zar, Ky Fifer and Chris Baltazar will be on the Main stage, while the Garden stage will have more traditional music. The $5 admission, which can be purchased ahead of time at oktoberfestfg.com, includes $5 worth of tickets to use in the event for tournaments, games, raffles and purchases. Cash, and in some places, credit cards are accepted as well.
"For myself as a business owner, a city councilor and a resident I love seeing so much activity in the Grove. This is an amazing community full of wonderful people and doing what we can to nurture growth is an important part I enjoy," says Gustafson. For information, tickets, purchases and reservations visit www.oktoberfestfg.com
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