By NICOLE LINDELL
Capital Ale House’s Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, originally scheduled for Oct. 3, was recently rescheduled to Oct. 24 due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin.
This popular event will serve as a sort of “grand re-opening” for the downtown restaurant, which suffered from a roof collapse due to heavy rain in June.
The event will include a cover charge of $2 per person, the proceeds of which will be given to The Main Street Project, a non-profit organization with the mission of preserving Downtown Fredericksburg’s historic sites while also making the city a better place to live.
The annual Fredericksburg Oktoberfest will be held on the 800 and 900 blocks of Caroline Street and will be from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant will stay open until 1:30 a.m. Seating is limited, and the entry fee is non-refundable.
VIP tickets can be purchased in advance for $75 and include a package of one appetizer per two guests, a choice of four beer tickets or one bottle of wine per guest, two food tickets per guest, one Oktoberfest t- shirt per guest, access to private bathrooms and a VIP only bar and table.
The Fredericksburg Oktoberfest will feature live music, German dance groups, authentic German cuisine and more than 100 types of craft and imported beer. Local Virginia brewed beers will also be available.
Guests over the age of 21 will be given the opportunity to purchase a limited edition 1-liter ceramic Oktoberfest stein for only $4. Guests may also bring their own steins.
The event is also family friendly and will include moon bounces, face painting and balloon artists for children. However, every guest under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fredericksburg Oktoberfest is the first event being held at Capital Ale House since its reopening. It will provide a great way for the restaurant to reconnect with its customers, as well as debut the new renovations.
According to Tim Bahre, a building inspector for the City of Fredericksburg who oversaw much of the reconstruction of Capital Ale House and a Capital Ale House regular himself, the original date of Fredericksburg Oktoberfest event was set to be held before the opening of a new competing restaurant downtown, Sedona Taphouse, on Oct. 4.
Bahre expressed concern for the postponing of the event because he was “not sure which one people were going to like better.” Bahre speculated that the opening of a new restaurant with over 500 selections of beer may cause the attendance of Fredericksburg Oktoberfest to drop.
Regardless of the date or the new competition, Fredericksburg Oktoberfest at Capital Ale House will certainly be an enjoyable event for the whole family. If you’re looking for a great German experience with a local Fredericksburg flare, mark your calendars for Oct. 24 and come on down to Fredericksburg Oktoberfest.