Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest - Berea

54.) Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest – Berea – September 3, 2010

What's YOUR vote on this festival?
[Total: 2 Average: 2.5]
*********************************************

*********************************************

.

This past Labor Day weekend, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds were transformed…

…with inflatable German beer bottles…

…and impressive sand valkyries.

Yes, it was once again time for the Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest.

Right off the bat, it’s important for me to say that I couldn’t help but compare this Oktoberfest to the German-American Festival the week before. With its own property to construct to the festival, along with the beautiful natural environment, Oregon’s festival had a great advantage.

Cleveland’s version seemed to do the best it could with the resources available. Without the trees and shrubs to create a sliver of Bavaria, it used property structures…

…like this one…

…to create an interior bier garten…

…with lively German music…

…and a variety of (mostly) local micro-breweries set up along the wall.

For those in search of German beer, Hofbräu and Warsteiner varieties were available…

…at a Budweiser themed booth in the midst of German food vendors…

…such as Cleveland’s Seven Roses and Der Braumeister.

From the latter, I got this wonderful potato pancake Reuben…

…and this not-so-wonderful Bavarian Cream ice cream.

My other ice cream option there was the Black Forest, but the woman only laughed and said, “This ain’t McDonald’s” when I asked to sample it first.

I’m still scratching my head.

Apart from food, other German products were mostly available…

…in the commercial hall.

There, you could shop for…
k

…German pride gifts…

…steins…

…clothing…

…gingerbread…

…clocks…

…and even (Amish) cheese.

And if shopping didn’t work off enough calories to make you hungry for more, you could find cultural events in some of the other fairground structures. One building we walked in…

k

… had a dance performance in Bavarian costumes.

You can see it here.

And they weren’t the only ones in German attire…


…Bavarian Americans made their presence known.

Of course, you didn’t have to dress up to feel German.
k

This charming little structure…

…had enough shots to make you feel however you wanted.

They also tossed German-style gifts every hour…

…and I was fortunate enough to get this coaster seen in the video here.

But that wasn’t the only thing available for free.

One of the vendors present was Canton’s Sugardale. But rather than sell their hot dogs products, they cut them in threes and gave them away…

…as free samples.

Set near the location of the festival’s Weiner Dog Races, I took advantage of these free tasty treats…

k
… as well as a photo-op.
k
k

*********************************************

*********************************************