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Encinitas Oktoberfest on the way

ENCINITAS — Make a note on your calendar for Sept. 22, and don’t miss the 18th annual Encinitas Oktoberfest. The festivities occupy six blocks in celebration of German culture and tradition. Oktoberfest originated as a royal nuptials celebration in the city of Munich back in 1810 and is still celebrated worldwide.The daylong free event dedicated to friends and family will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mountain Vista and El Camino Real. For vendor pricing, sponsorship and general information, call (760) 753-6041 or visit

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has hosted this event since 1994. A ceremonial parade led by Grand Marshall Edgar Engert,plus dignitaries and council members from the city of Encinitas will kick off the event. A stellar line up of German live music by the Blue Birds International Show Band and Gemutlichkeit Alpine Dancers, the Chicken Dance and a family fun zone with children’s games offers fun for the whole family.

The marketplace will offer approximately 200 vendors including artisans with arts and crafts and a family food and refreshment tent serving authentic German food, wine and beer

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy and prosperous business community, which improves and preserves the quality of life in the Encinitas Community.



1 comment

Telford Dorr September 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

re: Encinitas Oktoberfest

“I don’t know anyone who’s ever gone away hungry from one of Big John’s meals, chamber President Bob Gattinella said.”

Well, I went away hungry. Unlike last year, the portions this year were downright skimpy – maybe a tablespoon of potato salad, maybe the same of sauerkraut. A single Braut on a roll with some grilled onions. Not bad tasting stuff, but skimpy.

Previous years you got three sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, and a roll (very similar to the sausage plate served at Tip-Top – which is excellent, by the way). Always had enough for a hearty lunch with maybe some to take home.

Hard to believe Big John had anything to do with this.

This year was a disappointment.

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