SAN DIEGO – Beer lovers and foodies are celebrating German heritage this weekend for the first Oktoberfest in person at La Mesa since it was canceled due to the pandemic.
After being forced to go virtual last year, many grabbed their lederhosen and steins for the event’s 48th year.
“My grandmother would be so happy to see me here,” guest Sierra Mabanta said. “She’s in Germany right now. I’ll send him all the pictures.
The festival offers three days of live music, Oompa bands, German cuisine and craft beer.
“Oktoberfest at La Mesa is about bringing the community together, bringing together local vendors, bringing people here with great food, great beer, crafts and activities that really connect us as a community. “said McKenna Jensen, of McFarlane Productions.
The event will feature three beer gardens and performances by local and regional bands, including German polka bands.
“It’s fun,” guest Erica Wehrung said. “We both went to Germany. We’ve both been to Oktoberfest before so it’s just fun to dress up.
More than 100 vendors also participate in the festival. The vendors are happy to be back to greet beer lovers in person.
“It really draws attention to the local vendors, restaurants, breweries and small businesses here at La Mesa who need our support and need our attention and deserve whatever they get here at Oktoberfest. from La Mesa, ”Jensen said.
Organizers said they were following all COVID guidelines to keep guests safe. The festival is sold out every three days.
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