September 6, 2013 by daniele holmberg
I am so excited for the upcoming changing of the seasons and getting on to the fall weather so this heat can go away. Fall weather brings us not only into the cooler weather, but also into the fabulous festivities at Oktoberfest! I love Oktoberfest and attend every year, so I am very excited to host this giveaway so that one of my lucky readers can have the opportunity to enjoy it for free! My giveaway package includes: 4 tickets to Oktoberfest at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim & $20 worth of food coupons. This package is valid to be used on any day during Oktoberfest 2013.
The Phoenix Club in Anaheim is a special place to celebrate Oktoberfest in that it was an organization formed in 1960 shortly after WWII among a small group of 15 people that wanted to preserve their German language and customs after the war. The name, The Phoenix Club was chosen after the mythological bird that rose up from ashes to be alive again. The organization has continued to grow over the years and now has 3,000 families as members!!
Activities are held all year-round, but the most popular is Oktoberfest. Oohm-pah bands direct from Germany play traditional polkas. Folk dancers “plattl” (stomp and slap) to accordion music in the “Festhalle”. Revelers still dine on bratwurst, pretzels, Bavarian pastries and, of course, German beer, in the Biergarten! This is definitely a sight to see and a fun event to attend!
The Phoenix Club’s Oktoberfest has been the longest one running in Southern California; for 51 years to be exact! That is a pretty impressive statistic if you ask me! You can also check them out on FACEBOOK.
This year Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club will start Friday, September 13, 2013 and run through Sunday, October 27th. There will be a yearly traditional opening parade and a keg tapping taking place on Sunday, September 15th.
Entertainment at Oktoberfest this year will include: Live Oohm Pah bands from Germany, Folk dance groups – Die Gemutlichen Schuhplattler, The Youth Dance Group (children age 3-18 performing traditional folk dances) and “Skip the Balloon Man” and “Twist and Shout” variety acts. There will also be a Shooting Gallery open for prize shooting on Saturdays and Sundays from
September 21- October 27. There will be free polka lessons for all ages offered every Saturday at 3:00 PM. I may have to check this one out… I have never done Polka dancing before! Last but not least, there will be German vendors selling everything from folk ware and souvenirs to gingerbread hearts.
In order to prepare for Oktoberfest, it is important to know how to dress… I learned something interesting this year about way of dress that I would like to share…Sure, I always pull out my Dirndl (a traditional dress worn in Germany) and my husband always throws on his Lederhosen (German for “leather breeches” – men’s traditional clothing in Germany), but the way the bow is tied on the Dirndl actually has different meanings. See pictures throughout this post of my husband and me in Dirndl & Lederhosen.
As for the bow on the Dirndl, every year, I have worn mine tied in the back because it is the way the costume is displayed on the Package I bought at Party City…however, I have just learned that tying it in the back actually means you are a waitress or a widow…I am neither so I will have to rethink where my bow will be tied this year. If you tie your bow on the right side of your Dirndl, it means you are taken, and if it tied on the left, you are single. If you tie it on the front (which I simply do not like the way that looks ;)) it means you are still innocent. I have never seen it tied like that when I have attended Oktoberfest…
Come join the fun at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim and get your Oktoberfest on!! To enter for a chance to win my contest, please click here on my contest link: a Rafflecopter giveaway
As with all contests, there is always a disclaimer, so here it is: “Giveaway ends September 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to US Residents 18 and older only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected at random and be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Not liable for unclaimed prizes or fulfillment. Blog has represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. No purchase necessary to enter or win; however you must enter for a chance to win. Purchase does not increase chance of winning. Chances of winning depend on number of entries. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to this blog. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.”
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