Many many moons ago, my paternal great great great grandparents traveled from Germany to Canada and eventually settled into Wisconsin. From there, my family spread far and wide across the country, but those German roots remain in me. When Oktoberfest rolls around, my Deutschland-heritage is ready and more than willing to partake in all of the festivities that come with it, even if I’m not celebrating at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich! If you can’t make it to Munich or even to our own Bavarian village of Leavenworth, you should go check out Rhein Haus Tacoma and Seattle!

Me at the actual Hofbrauhaus in Munich in 2011.

Join Rhein Haus Tacoma and Seattle for the beloved OktoberFEAST, a food-feast relay race sponsored by Underberg, the original Rheinberg digestive bitter made in Germany. Teams of four will compete to finish four signature Rhein Haus dishes, each washed down by a half-liter of Rhein Haus lager brewed by Bayern Brewing.

(Photo Credit: Rhein Haus)

The winning team will win the grand prize of a $250 donation to a charity of their choice, a $50 Rhein Haus gift card and a commemorative Rhein Haus Oktoberfest t-shirt for each member and, of course, bragging rights. The 2nd place team will receive a $25 Rhein Haus gift card as well as a Rhein Haus Oktoberfest t-shirt for each member. The 3rd place team members will also receive a Rhein Haus Oktoberfest t-shirt. The entry fee is $25 per team, which is donated to Northwest Harvest. To participate, sign up here (Tacoma) and here (Seattle). Below are the four dishes for each team to complete:

    • Pretzel bites with spicy mustard
    • Nuremberg sausages and a pile of sauerkraut
    • Currywurst and fries
    • Berliners (German doughnuts with raspberry jam)

Before the clock stops, the four team members must toast with 20ml bottles of Underberg. At 5 p.m. Master Brewmeister Juergen Knoller of Bayern Brewing will host a ceremonial keg tapping in the Biergarten.

Rhein Haus Tacoma: Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m.
Rhein Haus Seattle: Saturday, October 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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