A Tale of Two Oregon Coast Oktoberfests
(Pacific City, Oregon) – Two cities, one date, same holiday celebration: both Pacific City and Seaside are hosting their own brand of the Oktoberfest on September 19.
The Bavarian festival goes coastal in Pacific City for the second year in a row. This time it's subtitled "Black Beer and Root Beer Festival."
"The title is a play on words, as we will have root beer, black beer and the floats are for glass floats," said publicist Mike Rech.
The event will include German food, entertainment, as well as kids’ activities.
The centerpiece to the event is a beer and root beer contest. The trophy for the people’s choice is a large glass float.
"Our first year hosting this event, we kept it small: five root beers and nine black beers were available for tasting," said Rech. "This year we are able to expand the Black Beer Garden and our only rule: if it’s clear, it ain’t beer."
A souvenir mug - with tickets - is purchased, and the tickets are used for tastes in four-ounce or 12-ounce cups of the Black Beer and Root Beer. There will also be event t-shirts for sale.
The Root Beer Kindergarten is the kid friendly part of the celebration. Kids of all ages can test their taster at the Root Beer Tasting Contest, where they try to identify a national brand root beer. The prize for the winner of each heat is a handful of root beer barrel candy.
"We will be serving German food," Rech said. “Bratwurst and sauerkraut is the staple of any Oktoberfest.”
Pacific City’s Oktoberfest takes place on Pacific Avenue, just West of the 4-way stop in downtown Pacific City, Oregon. September 19.
There will also be a raffle for traditional and modern art glass floats to voters at the festival. This event promotes Pacific City. Money raised is used to buy advertising and marketing materials to promote the businesses of the PCA. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charity, Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity. 503-965-4574
In Seaside, the second annual Oktoberfest happens on the same Saturday in the parking lot of the Seaside Elks Lodge, 324 Avenue A.
The fun begins at noon, and features music from Those Darn Accordions, as well as vendors serving food and selling wares. There will be a cover charge. Seaside, Oregon. 503-738-6651.