LODI-TOKAY ROTARY CLUB
Lodi’s longest continuing Oktoberfest has been hosted by the Lodi Tokay Rotary every year since 2006.
You’ll come for the beer and the German food and stay to enjoy the German band and join the Oktoberfest games. We pour American and German beers at Oktoberfest and cook up a storm of German-Dakota dishes such as chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, pickled red cabbage, sauerkraut, cheese buttons and hot German potato salad.
The Gruber Family Band plays a raucous mix of traditional German folk music and pop tunes. The highlight of their performance is a contest to see who can hold one big stein of beer at arm’s length the longest. Herren und Damen are all welcome to show us your stuff. The winners will receive an authentic German Beer Mug. If the crowd gets into it, there might even be a yodeling contest.
Lodi’s Rotary Clubs banded together thirteen years ago to revive Oktoberfest, which had been celebrated on and off for a number of years. We were celebrating Lodi’s German heritage and the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Lodi’s city government.
Now Oktoberfest is an annual tradition. And remember — you don’t have to be German to have fun at Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities in the fields in front of the city gates. After such a spectacular party, the happy couple decided that that the same type of festival should be continued annually.
As the Oktoberfest continued through the years, party-goers were amply entertained by the tree climbing competitions, wheel barrow and sack races, mush eating contests, barrel rolling races, and goose chases. By 1870s, mechanical rides were an expanding feature of the festival and in 1908, the festival boasted Germany's first roller coaster. Makeshift beer stands began cropping up, and their number increased steadily until they were eventually replaced by beer halls in 1896. The beer halls, like the beer tents of today, were sponsored by the local breweries.
Oktoberfest beer is of a variety called Märzen. Darker and stronger than traditional beer, Märzen contains up to 6% alcohol, is bottom-fermented, and is lagered for at least 30 days. Before the advent of modern refrigeration techniques, this type of beer was brewed in March (as its name suggests) and allowed to age through the summer, so that it was ready to drink by late summer or early fall. Like all German beer, the Oktoberfest beer is brewed according to strict German standards (called the Reinheitsgebot and in effect since 1516) that precisely define the four ingredients allowed in the brewing of beer: barley, hops, malt, and yeast.
With Purchase of a Meal Ticket!Cost is an extra $15.00 per meal.
by The Gruber Family Band5:00 - 10:00 PM
by the Mayor of Lodi5:45 PM
German Beer Stein Holding ContestSometime During the Evening
Dancers will perform traditional style folk dance.6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
American Legion Hall
320 N. Washington Street
Lodi, CA 95240
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
4:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tickets: $15 / Dinner: $30
If you want to know more about the Lodi Oktoberfest, please contact either:
Craig Hoffman PH: (209) 747-4077
JoEllen Flemmer PH: (209) 484-8117