It’s no surprise a neighborhood steeped in German heritage, a neighborhood with the very word “German” in its title, would host an Oktoberfest celebration. But Louisville’s Germantown and its neighboring districts have yet to throw an official one — until now.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, residents of the Germantown/Schnitzelburg neighborhood will raise many a stein and brat to their heritage, and they invite the public to help them eat, drink and be German at the first ever Oktoberfest.
Organized by the newly formed Germantown-Schnitzelburg Business Association, the free event will include German-style beer and regular beers from 10 Kentucky breweries, including BBC and Monnik; German-inspired food like brats, kraut, pretzels and more; live music by Squeeze-bot and the Uncommon Houseflies; and games such as a barrel-rolling contest, stein hoisting, a stein relay race, a brat eating contest and a best-dressed competition (think: lederhosen and dirndl).
Attorney Mike Morris, who is often referred to as the “Schnitzelburg Sidewalk Superintendent” and is a member of the business association, tells Insider the idea for Oktoberfest has come up many times before, but with so many events already happening in the area, the two previous associations — Schnitzelburg Area Community Council and German-Paristown Neighborhood Association — were stretched thin.
“However, with the formation of the new Germantown-Schnitzelburg Business Association, we have some new and invigorated volunteers,” he says. “This festival promises to be one of our best and biggest since it will be the first to block off our Main Street (Goss Avenue) and show off some of our newer businesses.”
A limited number of souvenir 1-liter steins will be available, and — get this — for all you Cards fans, organizers have arranged a 30-foot screen to show Saturday night’s UofL game against Clemson.