You may be wondering what Oktoberfest season will look like during the pandemic. Is there a safe way to organize a fall festival? Mountain Creek Resort’s long-running Oktoberfest is happening this fall in a new socially distant way, returning to Vernon for the 36th straight year during the weekend of September 19-20.
Of course, this year’s fest has been restructured to meet social distancing guidelines and health and safety protocols. Admission will come in the form of groups of up to 8 guests, who can purchase a table at the event for $1,000. Groups will receive an all-access pass to the event with their purchase, which includes a Bavarian Feast and rides on the Mountain Creek Sky Ride and Mountain Coaster. On top of unlimited food and drink, tickets also provide a front-row seat to lawn games, musical entertainment and more.
The main feast, which will be served at 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday and is included with the price of the table, includes classic favorites such as sauerbraten, roast chicken, potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream, braised red cabbage, German potato salad and more. Admission also grants guests all-you-can-eat trips across the Great Lawn, providing access to the German Pretzel station, corn and pickles and dessert.
A variety of German beers will also be available for those who purchase tables, including exclusive pours. Games and events in the activity ring will include stein holding, wife carrying, lumberjack and pie-eating contests, a hay bale and bratwurst toss and more.
“We are looking forward to once again hosting our long-running Oktoberfest celebration at Mountain Creek,” says Hugh Reynolds, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Mountain Creek. “While the experience may look a little different, this year, we are positive that guests will be able to experience the same food, music and activities that has made our Oktoberfest such a hit in the local communities over the last thirty-plus years. We can’t wait to see everyone come out and celebrate this time-honored tradition with us.”
Tickets to the Bavarian Feast can be purchased online at mountaincreek.com and must be bought in advance. A full menu, list of entertainment and activities are also available online.