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September 7, 2010 (Girdwood, Alaska) – The celebration of Bavarian culture and traditions, including hearty fare and ample cold beer, spans two weekends this year at Alyeska Resort. The festivities will be held on Friday, September 24, 2010 and Saturday, September 25, 2010; and continue the following weekend, Friday, October 1, 2010 and Saturday, October 2, 2010. The event takes place in the Alyeska Resort Daylodge.
The original "Oktoberfest" took place in Munich on October 18, 1810. The following year, Oktoberfest was cancelled due to Bavarian involvement in the Napoleonic War. By 1816, the event had returned in full-force featuring modern-day carnival booths and other attractions such as musical performances and dancing. Alyeska Resort’s version of Oktoberfest shares in the steep Bavarian traditions and the first weekend showcases the upbeat and brass sounds of the Alaska Blaskapelles. This local musical troupe brings an Alaskan spin to polka and oom-pah sounds and has been entertaining crowds with German music for over three decades. The Alaska Blaskapelles will play both Friday and Saturday nights.
Leaving behind the traditional sounds, the second weekend of Oktoberfest features opening band Rebel Blues and main act, Nervis Rex, both top-bill Alaskan bands. Anchorage-based Rebel Blues is a self-proclaimed blues band with a funk addiction. The band has roots deep in the blues traditions of Robert Johnson and honors the sound of blues greats such as Pinetop Perkins and John Lee Hooker. The sweet vocal sounds of Donald Hill backed by the keyboard highlights of Rob Woolsey results in outstanding blues rhythm punctuated by a white-hot guitar performance. Nervis Rex has been called “Anchorage’s original skansters” by the Anchorage Daily News. Formed in 1997 by vocalist/drummer Scott Emery, guitarist Carlos Martinez, bassist Andy Rogers and sax player Don Cosgrove, Nervis Rex rocks on with upbeat brass sounds central to the Ska movement.
Paired with Spaten Brewery’s Oktoberfest beer straight from Munich, the German fare this year takes on a food festival style with plenty of opportunity to sample your favorite dishes. There will be tasting stations featuring dishes from the resort’s top chefs. Sample menu items include spätzle, bratwurst, and of course, Bavarian pretzels. Anchorage’s Glacier Brewhouse Oktoberfest will also be available on draft. As a special addition for the second weekend of the festivities, Oktoberfest offerings from Fairbanks brewery Silver Gulch Brewing and all-American favorite Samuel Adams® will also be available on-tap.
The price for Oktoberfest is $15 for those 21 years of age and older and includes entry plus an authentic beer stein (while supplies last) filled with Spaten Oktoberfest. There will also be a $5 entry fee for those under 21 and non-drinkers. There is no charge for children ages five and younger. Traditional German-themed children’s activities will be offered during the event. Oktoberfest tickets are available online, at the Alyeska Tram Ticket Office or by calling 907-754-2275.
The Hotel Alyeska is offering a special Oktoberfest lodging package which includes one-night stay and tickets to Oktoberfest for two adults. The package starts from $139 per night and includes tax and fees. Reservations can be by calling 907-754-2111 or visiting AlyeskaResort.com.