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September 29, 2020 3 min read

So many of us look forward to October for so many reasons- from Halloween, to leaf peeping and of course how could we forget Oktoberfest! This fun filled festival is a 2 week long event held every year in Germany and attracts people from all over the world. Originally, Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration with multiple days of drinking, eating, horse racing and dancing. It was such a smash hit that became an annual celebration! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic- Oktoberfest has been cancelled for the first time in 200 years. But we say let’s not be forgotten and throw your very own Oktoberfest this year. Just a few tips on how to transform your yard into an Oktoberfest of your very own.

Create your own Biergarten- It is actually quite simple to transform your backyard (no matter how big or small) into your very own festive biergarten. You just need a patio, some yard space or another outdoor area where you can set up a few tables for your guests.  If you have a roof or some sort of covering above your area, hang a few string lights to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Grab a fewBavarian-style decorations like some beer steins, pretzel cut outs and have some fun! 

Try new beer- One of the things most of us look for during an Oktoberfest celebration is tasting and trying some new beers! So stock up on some German beers and have a beer tasting party. Grab a few different ones and immerse yourself in the German Culture. Some options include Sierra Nevada / Faust Miltenberger Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Hofstettner Original Hochzeitsbier von 1810, and New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest Beer. Quite frankly if you can’t pronounce the name of the beer, it is likely a good fit for your party. Cheers!

Crank up the music- What good is a party without some good music? Be creative and find some German music and really honor Oktoberfest this year. Simply ask Alexa to play some German music and get ready to celebrate German style. Don’t forget to snap some great photos of your friends as these will be some amusing dance moves for sure :)

Serve some German Food- Kick up your party a notch and serve some of the most common foods traditionally served at Oktoberfest. Some staples include potato salad, soft pretzels, sauerkraut, roast chicken, boiled potatoes, and we saved the best for last German chocolate cake! Not in the mood to cook, find a local German bakery and let them do the work for you. Not to mention how authentic the food will taste coming from a German bakery.

Dress up- Oktoberfest is an event where peoplelove to dress up.  Some choose to goall-out andwear authentic looking German attire, while you don’t need to supply full outfits for your guest, maybe some small dress up souvenir style attire. A few pretzel eyeglasses, some green alpine hats and a handful of beads with beer stein coasters and you are setting yourself up for some great laughs.


No matter how you choose to honor Oktoberfest, we hope you have a great time. Prefer to keep it a small and quiet celebration? No problem, just grab your Portovino fill it up with your German beer of choice and simply enjoy!  Remember if you load your PortoVino with carbonated beverages, be sure to start pouring within an hour to release the pressure.  Prost! 


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