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Tag: Puyallup Oktoberfest

Oct.
5th

Live dining report: Oktoberfest in Puyallup

Zieglers spicy brat with onions, kraut and deli mustard, $7.50.
Zieglers spicy brat with onions, kraut and deli mustard, $7.50.

Beer, brats, burp.

Oktoberfest Northwest is on.

In its ninth year at the Washington State Fair Event Center, the weekend-long festival is an ode to German beer, food and entertainment. It’s happening today and tomorrow, check below for hours.

Lining the wall of the Showplex are a handful of restaurants, with a few kiosks serving food closer to the entertainment stage and communal seating area. Read below for what I ate and what was worth the money (and what was not). Read more »

Oct.
3rd

Weekend of feasting: Greek Festival in Tacoma and Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup

Groups of church volunteers gather weeks in advance to prepare items like dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with beef, rice and mint. They'll be served at this weekend's Greek festival at St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma. File art 2011. Peter Haley / Staff photographer
Groups of church volunteers gather weeks in advance to prepare items like dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with beef, rice and mint. They’ll be served at this weekend’s Greek festival at St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma. File art 2011. Peter Haley / Staff photographer

The first week in October brings a true struggle for a hired belly in the South Sound.

Schnitzel first? Or gyros and souvlaki?

Can I really stuff my face full of bratwurst, pickle soup, potato pancakes, souvlaki, gyros, baklava, calamari, skordalia sauce and Greek coffee – deep breath – all in a single afternoon? And live to write about it?

You bet I can. And I do. Every year. Because the volunteer-run Greek Festival in Tacoma and the ode to German eats and brew at Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup are what I consider the region’s finest food festivals. I’ll have live coverage of both right here on the good ol’ world famous TNT Diner blog.

That both food festivals are the same weekend gives me grief because they both deserve your attendance, but if I only had time or money to go to one, I’d stick with the Greek Festival. Because, well, baklava.

Read below for summaries of both festivals, held Friday through Sunday.

And here’s one more for your calendar: On Oct. 20, the Sons of Norway will have their lutefisk dinner and bake sale. See below for details. Read more »

Oct.
7th

Oktoberfest Northwest: Beers, brats and wiener dog races today


Beer is on the menu at the Oktoberfest Northwest, held Oct. 5-7 2012 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Today is the final day of Oktoberfest Northwest – a three-day celebration of beer, brats and German dancing and singing. I checked in at the festival yesterday afternoon at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Showplex. Today is a great day to go because admission is half-price all day -  $5 gets you in. Kids are welcome all day today. Oh, and the food? They nailed it this year. Read more »

Oct.
4th

Oktoberfest Northwest: Beer, brats and wiener dogs take over the Puyallup Fairgrounds this weekend


Beer is on the menu at the Oktoberfest Northwest, held Oct. 5-7 2012 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Beer, brats and wiener dogs – it’s a weird combination, but it’s what makes the Oktoberfest Northwest such a freakishly interesting collision of culture and food. Beer and brats are served all weekend, the wiener dog races are Sunday only. Read more »

Oct.
4th

Chocolate and schnitzel (but not together): Proctor Chocolate Festival and Puyallup Oktoberfest this week


The sixth annual Oktoberfest Northwest will be Oct. 8-10 2010 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. This photo was taken in the beer garden in 2005. Staff photo/The News Tribune

Chocolate and schnitzel may make for an odd pairing, but it’s not so weird when you pair them up as festivals. The Proctor Chocolate Festival starts Wednesday and Oktoberfest Northwest starts Friday in Puyallup. Click “more” for details. Read more »