Saturday night, nostalgic for our time in Europe, we headed out to celebrate the Calgary Oktoberfest.
Cole dressed up in his finest Austrian (and his only) lederhosen – while the rest of us played it casual and as a result, paled in comparison.
We proceeded through the entrance, grabbed our tasting cups and a ton of sample tickets (drinks for Cole & food for me).
The first choice? A pumpkin spiced ale. Prost! I actually took a sniff of this beer and it smelled quite delicious. Like a pumpkin-apple cider!
Following German superstition, I was left in the dust as it’s bad luck to prost anyone who’s drink is non-alcoholic.
Sipping (and gulping) tester after tester, I gazed around at the crowd. Quite the number of individuals were dressed in their finest German gear! Girls in dirndls & guys in lederhosen.
We made our way through two aisles before our stomachs started to grumble. I, of course, already knew what my next “meal” would be.
We headed to Wurst’s booth – Calgary’s resident German bar – where we knew we could snag authentic German food & drink. For 5 tickets, you could get a massive salted pretzel with mustard, and for 7, sausages with sauerkraut.
With wide eyes we made our orders, grabbed another beer sample, and snagged ourselves a table.
What a feast!
I chewed away at my salty pretzel – possibly larger than my head. I am reluctant to admit I ate at least ¾ of it… But hey, you’re only at Oktoberfest once right?
Totally stuffed, we moseyed our way back through the aisles, polka music playing in the background.
On a mission to use up our tickets, but already quite full, the samples were selected with a little more care. This raspberry one looked pretty cool…
I eyed up the various meal options (although I didn’t really need anything else) – mini sliders, pulled pork, empanadas, Chinese food, wings, oysters…
Settling a few minutes later on this bad boy…. Black forest cake in a waffle cone.
As the end of the night neared, we still had a few tickets to spend. Too full to sample any more beer, we purchased a couple souvenir mugs and happily headed home.