Backyard Oktoberfest's 7th Annual Party

Food:
Soft Bavarian Pretzels
Obatzda
Beer Cheese Dip
Whiskey Pretzels
Grilled Bratwurst
Grilled Thüringer
Sauerkraut
Red Cabbage
Käsespätzel
German Potato Salad
Boiled Red Potatoes
Oktoberfest Cookies
Bavarian Roasted Nuts
Drinks:
Spaten Oktoberfest - Keg
Paulater Oktoberfest Märzen - Keg
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest - Bottles
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Bottles
German Red and White Wine
Soft Drinks
Water
Entertainment:
We had a balloon popping game like you see at the carnival. This year we ran it as a tournament. If you miss, you are out. The winner was presented with an Old Style stein! After the tournament, prizes were awarded to those who could pop a remaining balloon.

We purchased another milk can for the milk can toss game. The goal is to get a 16" softball into the can. Since the cans had different sized openings, players had to alternate cans after each toss. It sounds easy but it is surprisingly difficult.

This year's Oktoberfest was a little bit of a challenge since we moved to a new house and we had to come up with a new layout. We also had to battle the heat since it was almost 90 degrees (average is 75). The ceremonial barrel was sacrificed so that we could put up fans in the tent. One plus side is that the new house offers a large garage with air conditioning. We were able to set up all of the food on a large buffet in the garage and provide a cool place for out guests to get out of the heat. We had around 65 guests brave the heat with us but it wasn't too bad because we had enough cold bier to go around. 

Backyard Oktoberfest's 6th Annual Party

Food:
Pretzels
Obatzda
Beer Cheese Dip
Grilled Bratwurst
Grilled Thüringer
Sauerkraut
Red Cabbage
Käsespätzel
German Potato Salad
Boiled Red Potatoes
Oktoberfest Cookies
Bavarian Roasted Nuts
Drinks:
Spaten Oktoberfest
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest
Paulater Oktoberfest Märzen
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn
German Red and White Wine
Soft Drinks
Entertainment:
We had a balloon popping game like you see at the carnival. Prizes were awarded to those who could pop two balloons with two darts

The biggest entertainment of the night was the Chicago Cubs vs L.A. Dodgers Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Cubs won 8-4. We set up a TV outside to allow our guests to enjoy the game along with Oktoberfest.

2016 Munich Oktoberfest

Have you ever wondered what it is like to experience the Wiesn? Now you can! Please enjoy the pictures and video from our trip to the 2016 Munich Oktoberfest. 

Bayerischer Defiliermarsch - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Full Ein Prosit - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amsterdam - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

1000 Träume weit - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Country Roads - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst) - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer of '69 - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

I'm a Believer - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

YMCA - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

New York, New York - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Surfin' USA - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Über den Wolken - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Que Sera Sera - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ferris Wheel at Oktoberfest 2016 on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Unknown Oktoberfest Song #7 - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Irgendwie Irgendwo Irgendwann - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tagen wie diese - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nosa Nosa - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Eine neue Liebe ist wie ein neues Leben - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amarillo - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hulapalu - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hey Baby - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Will Survive - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Seven Nation Army - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Teenage Dirtbag - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Love Rock 'n Roll - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sweet Caroline - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oktoberfest Review - 2016 Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

2016 Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

September 15 - 25, 2016
101 East Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights, Illinois, United States Admission: $5

Overall: 98%
Authenticity:
Beer:
Food:
Entertainment:
Accessibility:

Food:
  • Giant Pork Shank
  • Half Spit Roasted Chicken
  • Schnitzel Sandwich with Grilled Onions on a German roll with potato salad
  • German Burger
  • German Bratwurst or Currywurst
  • Footlong Frankfurter on a German roll with mustard
  • Fried Sauerkraut Balls with Honey Mustard
  • Large Hot Pretzel with Mustard
  • Goulash Soup with Roll
  • Homemade Bread Dumpling with Gravy
  • Homemade German Potato Salad
  • Homemade Bavarian Red Cabbage
  • Homemade Sauerkraut
Kids Menu:
  • Hamburger or Cheeseburger
  • Hot dog
  • Chicken Fingers
Beer:
  • Hofbräu Oktoberfest
  • Weihenstephan Hefe Weiss
  • Schofferfoffer Hefe Weiss
Alcohol:
  • Schonauer Apfel Shots
  • Barenjager Honey & Bourbon Shots
Wine:
  • Premium German Red
  • Premium German White
Other:
  • Possman's Apple Cider
  • Berghoff Draft Root Beer
  • Soda
  • Bottled Water

Entertainment:
  • Alpine Thunder
  • Paloma
  • Euro Express
  • Talisman Band
  • The Mike Schneider Band
  • Tempo (Ed Schaefer Band)
  • The Amazing Mike
  • The Elmhurst College Jazz Band
  • The Illinois Brass Band
  • Strong Arm Contest


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Mr. Oktoberfest and I fly out to Munich tomorrow to begin our honeymoon, so how did we spend the night? Did we do laundry? Did we pack? Did we spend time with our mothers? No. We spent the evening with our friends from the Schnitzel Platz at the fifth annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest! It’s no secret that the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest is our favorite local ‘fest, so when we found out that it opened the day before we leave for our trip, the decision was made.

When we rolled into Camera Park, we were delighted to find that the parking lot was already packed. We slid the car into the easily accessible overflow parking area and geared up for an excellent night of German fun. We couldn’t wait to get inside. Admission for the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest is $5 for adults after 4 p.m., and free for humans 16-years-old and under. Either way, it’s a bargain. Once you add in free parking, it’s practically a steal.

As much as we love Alpine Thunder, who were already playing as we entered the tent, the real star of the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest is the food. Normally, when we enter the ‘fest grounds, all I want is to get my hands on a Bier. Tonight, however, my thoughts played to the tune of the old Chicken Tonight jingle: “I feel like schnitzel tonight, like schnitzel tonight.” Once we approached the food station, we ended up with much more. Don’t get me wrong, the schnitzel sandwich with grilled onions and potato salad ($8) is a quality choice. I may or may not have dreams about it tonight. But the stellar sides at the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest deserve some attention, too. Disclaimer: I don’t like sauerkraut. I never order it. I normally wouldn’t touch it. I don’t even eat it when we serve it at our own Backyard Oktoberfest. But when we’re talking about Chef Wolfgang’s fried sauerkraut balls ($8), I literally cannot get enough. They pair perfectly with the Oktoberfest Bier, as well. Even now as I write this, stuffed with schnitzel, potato salad, bread dumpling with gravy ($5), and pretzels ($6), I want more.

We often tell our friends that the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest is one of the most authentic around. I have not yet been to Oktoberfest in Munich, so I cannot personally attest to that yet. But I do know that when I’m there this weekend, I will miss our friends in Glendale Heights and crave the schnitzel and other German delicacies they do so well.

The Glendale Heights Oktoberfest is open through September 25. You should go. And have some sauerkraut balls for me.



Reviewed By: Jessica Rzepka