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Upper Valley Oktoberfest is Here

Sep 30, 2014 12:54PM ● By Erin Frisch

Fall is here, and with it the celebration of Oktoberfest! Traditionally celebrated in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest began in 1810 as part of Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding festivities and actually offers a lot more to enjoy than the beer gardens it is most famous for. The celebration has become a 16-day-long festival that is now emulated around the world, including here in the Upper Valley!

The Hanover Lions Club is holding its 2nd Annual Upper Valley Oktoberfest at the Top of the Hop Alumni Hall on Dartmouth College’s campus on Friday, October 3, 2014. Attendees must be 21 or older, and the event will take place from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are available for $35 in advance here, or $40 at the door. The event is limited to 500 guests, so get your tickets soon! If you’re driving, parking is available at the public parking garage located on South Main Street. Don’t forget to drink responsibly and bring along a designated driver, or make plans to stay overnight and enjoy a long autumn weekend in town! You could even get a head start on your holiday shopping.

What can you expect from the Upper Valley Oktoberfest? Upon entry, you’ll receive 12 tasting tickets that can be used to taste different varieties of beer and cider from local breweries and brew pubs with over 50 brands. Brewers include those that are well known—including Harpoon, Sam Adams, Woodchuck, Conway and North Conway brewers Tuckerman’s and Moat Mountain, and lesser-known brewers such as the Just Beer Project and Seven Barrel Brewing, plus Angry Orchard and Farnum Hill cideries. Local food artisans round out the festival with delicious cheeses, smoked meats, breads and other baked goods, and more to keep your tummy happy while your tongue is tasting. Contributors include Grafton Valley Cheese, Garfield Smokehouse, Red Hen Bakery, Westminster Crackers, Yolo Snacks, Yummy Yammy (which specializes in sweet-potato–based snacks), and more! Entertainment will be provided by Yankee Chank, a band from Vermont featuring Cajun music.

All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Hanover Lions Club’s scholarships and local charities, and there will  be a silent auction with gift certificates to local restaurants, country stores, and pubs. Get your tickets today and enjoy the best New England’s brewers have to offer! Cheers!

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