6th Annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest Brings Authentic Germanic Cultural Experience to the Valley - October 15th

Authentic Old World-style Oktoberfest event, presented by Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures -- includes German "oompah" band flown in from Bavaria, polka contest, beer stein-holding contest, alphorn blowing contest, free children's village play park, real German food and imported German beer.

Phoenix, AZ, September 23, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Just as in old Bavaria, the traditional tapping of the keg kicks off the 6th Annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest and its opening ceremonies at 12 noon, Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at Margaret T. Hance Park (1134 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85004) in downtown Phoenix. This year also marks the 201st anniversary of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, first organized as a "volksfest" in celebration of Bavarian King Ludwig I’s marriage in 1810, and continuing to this day as a popular annual tradition. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary last year, a German couple (the bride from Germany, and the groom American of German descent) were married at the Phoenix Oktoberfest and Grace Lutheran Church in traditional Bavarian attire, including Lederhosen and Dirndl - a tradition the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures is looking to continue with a new wedding couple this year.

Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest is hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures (www.ac4gc.org) in partnership with members of Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix (www.graceinthecity.com). Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures (AC4GC) created the annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest in 2006 as a way to introduce Arizonans and visitors to German culture and traditions. The AC4GC mission is to serve as a social outlet for the large and growing local Germanic community, raise funds to build a Germanic Cultural Center, and support German language education and cultural initiatives in the Valley. The AC4GC also support worthwhile local charities. For the second year, the Phoenix Oktoberfest will partner with Grace Lutheran Church to support local outreach ministries through proceeds of the food sales. The menu will feature a traditional German pig roast with all the trimmings, as well as other German favorites, including bratwursts, frankfurters, sauerkraut, apple strudel, and hand-rolled pretzels.

And it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without several varieties of imported German beer, provided by Warsteiner, including the traditional Oktoberfest Bier, as well as Pilsner, Dunkeles (dark) Bier, and Warsteiner’s award-winning Hefeweizen (“Most Refreshing Beer” Award at Great Arizona Beer Festival 2010).

The authenticity of the event is enhanced by the musical entertainment, flown in from Germany especially for this occasion: Die Echten Waldbuam, who lead the crowd in traditional Oktoberfest sing-a-longs and Polka dances throughout the day and into the evening. Authenticity is important at the Phoenix Oktoberfest -- right down to details such as the long tables papered in Bavarian blue & white, where attendees can chat with neighbors and make new friends while singing along with old-time drinking songs.

This family-friendly event also includes a free Kinder Village featuring an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball pitch and other inflatables, plus games, contests and other interactive kids' activities, free all day.

Attendees can compete for fun and prizes in the annual raffle (benefiting AC4GC) and a variety of contests, including a Polka Dance Contest; “Best Dressed” of Oktoberfest; Beer Stein Holding Contest; and Alphorn Blowing for kids & adults. Contests are free to enter.

“The Phoenix Oktoberfest is very appreciative of Henkel Corporation’s ongoing sponsorship of this Germanic cultural event in the Valley,” says Event Chairman Christine Colley. “We also thank our other returning sponsors, including Warsteiner beer and Gundelsheim sauerkraut, and our event partner Grace Lutheran Church. We are proud to help support their great outreach programs with this event.”

Attendees can stop by the Henkel booth to receive a free sample of the many consumer products on display, including Dial® soaps, Purex laundry detergents, Renuzit air fresheners, got 2b® hair styling products, Right Guard® antiperspirants and Loctite® adhesives.

The event is easily Light Rail accessible from the Roosevelt stop. Admission is $5 for adults, kids under 12 free. For more information visit www.phoenixoktoberfest.com or call (480) 947 PHXO (7490).

About Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures: The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to establishing a place for people of Germanic background to share their traditions, history, contributions, culture and celebrations with their fellow Americans. www.ac4gc.org.

Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures
Colleen O'Donnell Pierce