By Elena Kadvany
About this blog: I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently working at the Palo Alto Weekly as education and youth staff writer. I graduated from USC with a major in Spanish and a minor in jo...
About this blog: I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently working at the Palo Alto Weekly as education and youth staff writer. I graduated from USC with a major in Spanish and a minor in journalism. Though my first love is journalism, food is a close second. I am constantly on the lookout for new restaurants to try, building an ever-expanding "to eat" list. As a journalist, I'm always trolling news sources and social media websites with an eye for local food news, from restaurant openings and closings to emerging food trends. When I was a teenager growing up in Menlo Park, I always drove up to the city on weekends with the singular purpose of finding a better meal than I could at home. But in the past year or so, the Peninsula's food culture has been totally transformed, with many new restaurants opening and a continuous stream of San Francisco restaurants coming south to open Peninsula outposts. Don't navigate this food boom hungry and alone! Feed me your tips on new chefs and eats and together we'll share them with the broader community.For the second year in a row, a downtown Mountain View block will be transformed into a mini Munich for a two-day Oktoberfest extravaganza.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, at Bryant and Dana streets, there will be German beer, food, music, games and even a pretzel eating contest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The weekend is put together by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, Tied House and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, who all teamed up for the first time last year to bring an authentic Oktoberfest celebration with more of a community feel to the Peninsula. Read this story I wrote last year - Bringing Munich to Mountain View - for more details on how the event came to be.
Organizers said that last year, the event drew crowds of around 6, 000 people and this year, they're expecting anywhere from 10, 000 to 14, 000.
Above: Cody Van Houten, a bartender at Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant, pours a Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock, left, and Weihenstephaner Weissbier, right, a few of the many German beers on tap for the 2013 Oktoberfest. Photo by Veronica Weber.
The event is open to the public and all ages but, of course, to enjoy the imported and locally made German brews, you must be 21 and older. Tickets are $7, and then you must purchase a stein (0.5 liter for $10 or 1 liter for $15) and use your tickets to drink. The smaller stein size requires one ticket to fill and the larger, two tickets.
This year, the event is sponsored by PayPal ? so for beer drinkers, pay for your ticket with the PayPal mobile app and get $5 off your stein purchase.
Tied House will be pouring its special Oktoberfest seasonal beer. Also expect imported brews from German beer houses Weihenstephaner, Hofbrau, Spaten and Franziskaner.
Food will be similar to last year, with sausages from Steins and Tied House; a range of food from San Jose-based Teske's Germania (smoked pork chops, spaetzle, goulash, bratqrust, German potato salad) and pretzels from local favorite Esther's German Bakery.
Joe Smiell Band and the San Francisco German Band are returning to perform, along with Oktoberfest band Alpiners USA.