It’s that time of the year again! The area’s most authentic Oktoberfest will be held Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2 at the Rio Station.
Oktoberfest at the Rio features home-cooked German food including German sausage, Weiner Schnitzel, potato pancakes and more. While not directly from Germany, the sausage comes from a Pennsylvanian German sausage maker who crafts his sausage in the German tradition. The potato pancakes are made by hand in the Rio kitchen.
Genuine Oktoberfest beer is also on tap. To be considered genuine Oktoberfest beer, the beer must be brewed within the city limits of Munich, Germany and have an alcohol content of at least 6% by volume. Hacker Pschorr, one of the most popular and also one of the oldest, has been brewed in Germany since 1417 and we bring it in for our celebration.
The original Oktoberfest began in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. The citizens were invited to join in the celebration on the fields in front of the city gates. The celebration continues each year with the festivities ending on the first Sunday in October.
While certainly a little different than the original, Rio’s Oktoberfest includes the blue & white colors, German music and costumes. This year, we’ve even extended it to breakfast time with a breakfast special that includes potato pancakes, eggs and German sausage.