Honestly, I always thought Oktoberfest was just a weird, hipster way to spell October. Does anyone agree? Thanks to Porcupine Pub and Grille, I am now an educated Oktoberfest-er. From Lederhosen and Dirndl, to schnitzels and bratwursts, no one does Oktoberfest better than these guys. With Bavarian pretzels, braised cabbage, sauerkraut corned beef, sauerbraten, and more food I can’t pronounce, this is an event that can’t be missed!
Starting in 1810 in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest was originally created as a party for newlyweds, King Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Everyone in Munich was invited to celebrate and watch the popular horse races. Today, it has become an event that is enjoyed worldwide by people of German descent and those looking for a good time and delicious grub.
Porcupine Pub decided to jump on this bandwagon back in 2002 and “it’s become a highly anticipated event among locals. For first timers, it’s more than just a meal, it’s a total experience,” says Stacey Deittman, Porcupine’s marketing director.
Sourcing ingredients straight from Germany, authenticity is something that sets this event apart from many other Oktoberfest celebrations. “What we think makes our Oktoberfest great is that it’s a fun time to celebrate Fall in our beautiful mountains while being thankful for the harvest of unique flavors that create delicious German dishes.”
While you’re munching on your fill of Bratwurst Sampler starters and being served by a Lederhosen-clad employee, make sure to order the Black Forest Chicken—a juicy chicken breast stuffed and baked with black forest mushrooms and oozing with Emmentaler cheese, smothered with German rosemary lager stew and fresh cracked black pepper.
Even if you’ve never tried Emmentaler cheese or lager stew is, that’s okay. It’s delicious and is a chef and crowd favorite! Don’t forget your slice of German Chocolate Cake for dessert, because we all know those Germans do it right when it comes to cake.
If you can’t afford a trip across the pond to Germany, head over to Porcupine Pub & Grille’s Oktoberfest. You’ll be happy you did!
If you’re still craving more, make sure to check out Snowbird’s annual Oktoberfest or “Christkindlmarkt,” a traditional German Christmas market later in the year.
Have fun, and happy Wies’n!
Porcupine Pub & Grille is located at 3698 Fort Union Blvd and 258 S 1300 E.