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- $5 for Choctaw Oktoberfest admission for two (a $10 value)
Set in the leafy environs of Choctaw Creek Park, the Choctaw Oktoberfest will celebrate German culture for a full nine days, from August 30 to September 7. Throughout the fest, live German music pervades the air as guests partake in German dances, frothy German beers, and glasses of riesling. Old Germany Restaurant handles the food, selling plates of ham hocks, smoked bratwurst, and schnitzel sandwiches. Children younger than 12 can enter the festival free of charge and frolic in their own spacious kids' area within the 20-acre grounds.
Old Germany Restaurant
Inside the sturdy environs of Old Germany Restaurant, visitors are surrounded by German-eatery traditions in everything from the food to the beer steins. NewsOK profiled German transplant Mike Turek and his sister Jutta Woolf, who moved to America in 1974, but, along with their mother Christel Turek, and the rest of their family, have maintained their home country’s customs by masterminding an annual Oktoberfest celebration and greeting each other in the morning with a hearty “Fahrvergnügen!” In addition to the profile on NewsOK, the restaurant also received a feature on the television show Discover Oklahoma, which praised the restaurant's take on authentic German cuisine. Their menu is dominated by specialties of pork and veal schnitzel as well as sausages such as cevapcici—housemade beef sausages—bratwurst, and knackwurst.
The restaurant’s authentic trappings include an extensive selection of German wines and beers. Rieslings dominate the wine list, which is divided into five distinct winemaking regions of Germany. On tap are drafts of Bitburger, Hofbräu, and Warsteiner brews, from pilsners to the original König Ludwig Weissbier. Patrons can swig their drinks while bellying up to a stone bar or while sitting at a booth beneath twining faux-grapevines. A new addition to the restaurant known as Turek's Tavern gives sports fans some upscale digs overflowing with beer, wine, spirits, and German food. Televisions display sports games both inside the tavern and out on the patio, where electric shades, a mister system, and a gas fire pit keep athletic devotees comfortable as the seasons turn.