Oktoberfest and Fall Festival

On Saturday, Ludwig’s Garten hosted its annual Oktoberfest at 13th and Sansom. I’ve been to this event for the past few years and it is a great way to welcome fall to Philadelphia. Though the sky threatened rain in the morning, the weather held out for the duration of the event. The beer, pork sandwiches, potato salad and sauerkraut were as delicious as ever. For the first time, other business in the surrounding area joined in the fun for the first annual Fall Festival. El Vez got into the action, hosting a free tequila tasting for a portion of the day. Their outside table offerings featured delicious sopapillas among other offerings. Other area restaurants including Vintage also were part of the action, and there was art and music to add a cultural element to the day’s event. My early sighting of Fergie foreshadowed the fact that Fergie’s was my last stop of my day-turned-night at the Fall Festival.

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that my beloved Oktoberfest would be part of a larger event this year, but the results were positive. The area immediately surrounding Ludwig’s was as fun as ever, and the infusion of other happenings in the adjoining blocks brought additional energy to the area. The event drew a great mix of people–this is something I’ll definitely be looking forward to next year.

1 Comment so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on September 24th, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    Some friends of mine went and said they had a great time. If it hadn’t been for school work, I so would have been there!

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