Photos and story by Sergio Pacheco
Last weekend, Nashville celebrated its 40th annual Oktoberfest. More than ten city blocks were covered with food vendors, entertainers, food trucks, and all manner of event-related traditions.
The event officially kicked off on Thursday with its opening ceremony and multiple musical performances, but only lasted seven hours. On Friday, a beer tasting was open for those who wanted to sample a wide variety of German beers on tap. The beer tasting offered more than a dozen brewery beers. Although beer was important to the event, Oktoberfest partnered with nonprofits like Emerald Coast Mission, which provides humanitarian aid to Sula, Honduras, and surrounding communities, St. Pius X Classical Academy and Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue to raise funds.
A package called the “Bavarian Bierhaus Munich Experience” offered people exclusive live musical performances, giant pretzels, kids, schnitzels, beer, beer outfit contests and other gaming experiences. not to be confused with the VIP experience, which offered a limited 40th anniversary edition half-litre ceramic beer mug, two beer tokens, an all-you-can-eat buffet, exclusive entertainment, two hours of unlimited beer tasting , private seating and access. with air-conditioned bathrooms.
On Saturday, the annual parade took place. A German polka band and local participants marched through the streets of Germantown. The parade was led by the Oktoberfest Rolls Royce, German Oompah bands, floats from surrounding locals, the Dixieland band, the A Plus Twirlers and finally the Pup Parade, which included over fifty costumed dogs and their owners. There were also different contests held on different days like the Bierhaus Bavarian Bratwurst Eating Contest, which is similar to a hot dog eating contest. The rules were simple: competitors had to start by drinking a boot of beer, eat two brats, finish by drinking a mug of beer, and the first person to finish wins.
Another contest was the Dachshund Derby, which was weiner dog racing. The dogs would race on a 50-foot track to win a “Coveted Dachshund Derby” medal. While the competitions were fun to watch, there was so much more to do and eat. The main foods served during this year’s Authentic German Legacy included brats, sausages, schnitzels, strudels, funnel cakes, toasted almonds and more. There were also lots of kid friendly dishes like pizza, fries, corn dogs, small sausages, funnel cakes and ice cream. One food that many people were seen wearing, in addition to sausages and schnitzels, were turkey legs. It was nearly impossible to walk around the food places without having to turn around and see what that smoky or sweet smell was.
There were a few participants in traditional dress walking around. The men wore a plaid shirt, traditional lederhosen with suspenders, soft off-white socks and traditional shoes. The women wore a traditional collar, blouse and dress with short sleeves, a chasuble, transparent tights and elegant low-heeled moccasins.
Everyone was friendly and there was always something to do and see. There were signs everywhere in case people got lost or were looking for something specific. Compared to last year’s cold and rainy Oktoberfest, this year’s weather complemented the cultural event well and left attendees happy, well fed and more than a little drunk.
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