Making Time for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, Photo by Alex Havasi

Oktoberfest is a very special, once a year event.  You may recall that last year I did a blog explaining what exactly Oktoberfest is and why it is celebrated (10/4/15).  This year I thought you might like to see firsthand what goes on at an Oktoberfest event.  It so happens that our director of Fordney Foundation, Marilyn Fordney and her husband (assistant director), Alex Havasi, decided to go to an Oktoberfest event.  I even caught them red-handed, eating fried potatoes and applesauce, more on that later!

Oktoberfest parade, Photo by Alex Havasi

To say both Marilyn Fordney and Alex Havasi had “fun” would be an understatement.  You get to see the great photos that Alex took of the event and judge for yourself.  There are many things going on at one time at an Oktoberfest, always a lot to do, see (contests–such as beer contests), eat, drink, hear music, and dance.   This particular event was held in Anaheim at the Phoenix Club.  It runs every weekend in October and started September 16 and will run until October 30.  It is open to the public.  For more details go to:

Marilyn Fordney said she and Alex danced the Polkas and Waltzes. Children and adults got on the floor time after time dancing the chicken dance. As you can see from the picture, Mrs. Fordney wore the traditional dirndl dress.  I particularly love the photos of Marilyn Fordney and Alex Havasi eating those huge platters of fried potatoes dipped in applesauce (traditional potato pancakes).  Mrs. Fordney said she ate the same dish when she visited Koln, Germany, many years ago.  There’s always many traditional German and Bavarian dances being performed by different performers throughout the event.  For sure, one can come away with a better understanding of the German culture and traditions. Some other foods to savour are salted or unsalted pretzels, schnitzel, bratwurst, Black Forest cake, sauerbraten, spaetzle, red cabbage, and so on. Yum! Yum!

Alex Havasi

And for those of you who would like to dress up for the event (or for Halloween) here is a cheat-sheet, compliments of the Phoenix Club on how to look your Oktoberfest best!

Here’s hoping you go out and have some big fun at an Oktoberfest near you,

Thought Of The Week:

When you find the courage to listen to your intuition, step off the familiar path and explore the unknown, you will be following the call of your soul    –  Unchartered/Colette


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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website