Though it’s still hot and humid in Central Florida, autumn is just around the corner. As cooler temperatures roll in, events for outdoor enjoyment abound. That includes the timeless tradition of Oktoberfest.
This year’s event in Ormond Beach takes place toward the end of the month, allowing you to get a jump start on all the Central Florida Fall festival activities. Read on to learn more about this annual tradition, and how you can be part of the fun.
Brief History of Oktoberfest
Though the original and world’s largest event is still held annually in Munich, Germany, communities across the globe have embraced the fun and inclusive nature of Oktoberfest. While beer is an integral part of celebrations, it’s possible to join in the festivities even if you don’t drink, or have dietary restrictions.
While the exact origins of Oktoberfest remain a point of contention, most historians agree that the annual tradition of celebration began back in 1811. German immigrants brought the festivals to areas where they relocated, including the United States.
Today, it’s not uncommon to see people from all cultures and backgrounds at Oktoberfest events, dressed in Bavarian garb and enjoying German cuisine and cultural experience. Some historians have likened the event to Saint Patrick’s Day, meaning you don’t have to be Irish to participate and have a great time.
Ormond Beach Oktoberfest Community Event
New to the area for 2018, the first annual Oktoberfest in Ormond Beach is on September 22. Sponsored by the Ormond Beach Historical Society and Ormond Brewing Company, festivities take place at the Anderson-Price Building (42 North Beach Street).
This adults-only event (no children or pets) features food and drink for purchase, including authentic German treats (such as sausage and pretzels) and beer hand-crafted in the German style. There will also be polka music, dancing, and entertainment.
Other Local Events
Along with the maiden Ormond Beach event, there are many other programs and activities throughout Central Florida. These events aren’t all centered around beer and food, however. For instance, the Tomoka Brewery’s “RunToberfest” encourages physical activity along with holiday celebration.
Many restaurants and community groups are also hosting similar events. While most cater to an adult crowd, it’s easy to help kids get in on the fun by hosting a block party in your neighborhood, or even a simple traditional German dinner at home.
Keep the Good Times Rolling
While Oktoberfest only comes once a year, the fun and fellowship of the event never have to end when you live in a vibrant community of friendly neighbors. In fact, people who visit the Ormond Beach area continually comment on the unique feel of the city. For many people, this is where big-city amenities meet small-town values.
It’s no surprise, then, that people have been glad to call this area home for centuries. From the days of the Ormond Hotel to John D. Rockefeller’s famous summer retreat The Casements (still standing today and available for public tours), people from across the globe fall in love with Ormond Beach from the very first moment they visit.
That might be partly why more people are choosing to live in the area all or part of the year. Charming communities abound in Ormond Beach, where you can enjoy outdoor activity, indoor entertaining, or simply pleasant conversation with friends and loved ones.
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