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Prost! Oktoberfest headed to York

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Prepare your Lederhosen!

The York City Independent Restaurant Association is bringing the traditional German festival Oktoberfest into the White Rose city next month.

The Beer Ace, Brewery Products, Mudhook Brewing Company and Tutonis, featuring Lagunitas Brewing Company will supply the bier — that’s “beer” for you non-German folk.

Foodies can expect a smorgasbord of German-style food, including brezeln from York City Pretzel and other food from Baron Von Schwein and King Brat.

The event will serve as a kickoff to Oktoberfest Week in York. Much like Burger Week and Crab Week earlier this summer, restaurants across the city will create special menus for Oktoberfest Week featuring German-style food.

Meagan Feeser, organizer of the Independent Restaurant Association, attended Oktoberfest in Munich in 2001 and recalled the sheer size of the event.

“Think of the York Fair (in size) … with these huge beer tents in the middle,” Feeser explained. “You go inside these tents and they’re beer halls. There’s rows and rows of picnic-style benches with men and women. Huge steins of beer passed out everywhere, really ruckus music and lots of chants.”

The festmeisters — the “festival masters” who will lead these chants — will be Nate Fochtman from The Beer Ace and a not yet determined representative from Lagunitas Brewing Company. The Alpenlaenders will be bringing the musik.

So prepare for a familiennachmittag, grab a stein and say "prost" to your neighbor. Oktoberfest is coming.

Anthony J. Machcinski is the Food and Drink reporter for FlipSidePA and the York Daily Record. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or email him at

If you go…

What: Oktoberfest York

Where: Cherry Lane Park, Downtown York

When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Cost: $5 for tickets, pay-as-you-go for food and beer

Tickets and information: find more information at or on the event’s Facebook page.