“O’zapft is”! The first keg is open! Oktoberfest is one of those cultural events that has moved beyond borders and can now be found in various incarnations across the globe. Due to beer consumption, togetherness, merry celebrations, music and lots of fun the traditional Bavarian beer festival is popular worldwide and Miami is no exception. Last weekend the grounds at the Viceroy in Brickell were transformed into the pop up Brickell Biergarden including original beer benches, Blasmusik and culinary delights by award winning Austrian chef Wolfgang Ban.
The original Oktoberfest celebrates Bavarian history, traditions and culture. The annual festival started as the wedding celebration of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12th 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to the festivities and horse races, which then were repeated every year. The tradition subsequently turned into Oktoberfest and has been kept ever since.
The Brickell Oktoberfest transformed the traditional into a fun and classy Miami event by mixing Bavarian culture with a great location, fantastic food and some added Miami flair. The weather was perfect for most of the weekend and over 4000 visitors flocked to the make-shift beer garden to enjoy beer, food, culture and the sunshine. As patrons feasted on sausages, sauerkraut and apple strudel entertainment was provided by a DJ playing a mix of Bavarian and Spanish music, pop hits and oldies. A band added some authenticity by playing Oktoberfest classics and a few rounds of beer mug levering competition added the right atmosphere.
A VIP tent was converted into a mini restaurant serving a three course meal by New York based Austrian chef Wolfgang Ban. The culinary extravagance included pork belly with beet root, Wiener Schnitzel with Bavarian potato salad and cucumber salad and as dessert Kaiserschamarrn (a caramelized pancake dish) with Bavarian crème and apricots. Each course was paired with a beer of the selection provided by Radeberger. Guests were treated to Pilsener for the appetizer, Schoefferhofer Weizen (wheat beer) for the main course and finally a sweeter dark beer.
Whether in Lederhosen and Dirndl or your more regular Miami attire patrons had a great time. Until next year again when it is time to toast to togetherness and a good time with friends, old and new. Ein Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit!