Reigning over the festivities is Miss Oktoberfest 2014, Petra Besenhard, 23. Petra was raised in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany and says Oktoberfests have always been a big part of her life. She has resided in Cape Coral for three and a half years and is in her senior year at Florida Gulf Coast University pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. She is a part-time server at the Dublin Ale House Pub in Cape Coral.
In its 29th year, the 2014 Oktoberfest features the huge tent and outside biergarten with three stages, two dance floors, non-stop live bands and direct from Germany: BodenseePerlen as the highlight band among ten entertainment venues from around the globe.
Great food in the food courts and tents includes an extensive menu of delicious homemade style German Specialties: sausage platters, chicken breast sandwiches, chicken tenders and wings, chicken Cesar salad, bratwurst, schweinhaxen, leberkaese and potato pancakes.
Sit-down dinners served in von Steuben Hall include choice of Scnitzel-Sauerbraten with dumplings, noodles and red cabbage followed by a buffet of mouth-watering deserts. Imported German bier, domestic beer and German wine and spirits are available along with traditional sodas and water.
Carnival games for kids and young at heart, vendors with everything from garage doors to collectibles and hand crafts round out a full day of fun, food and festivities.
Modest priced $5 and $6 tickets with children free provide entry and potential door prizes. Parking is free. Everything is priced for families to enjoy a full day.