Oktoberfest at the Falls

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So, it’s “Oktober” and you know what that means…yes…Oktoberfest!

There are many Oktoberfest celebrations world wide this time of year, but none other have the roar of the mighty Niagara as a back drop.

This autumn has been an unusually warm one, with temperatures regularly above average. The leaves have begun their subtle turn from green to gold and auburn and orange, and this past weekend was spectacular. The sky was bright blue, with barely a cloud to be found.

And down by the Falls, on Old Falls Street, there was a lot going on. Our version of Oktoberfest included the quintessential lederhosen and dirndl ensembles, biergartens, and “Oom-Pah-Pah” bands.

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There were were several types of German themed foods, including bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels, and a variety of beer available in the large tent. Long tables filled to capacity with families and friends ate, drank, and listened the alphorns, while watching colorful dancers.

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The Great Foodini food truck http://www.greatfoodinifoodtruck.com/ offered a variation on the standard German food with their German style pizza. Sehr gut! If you had an inclination to browse a clothing shop, you could stop by the mobile Ooo-La-La Boutique. https://www.facebook.com/ooolalafashiontruck. 

We also noticed a sweet red Gelato truck called the Gelateria Luca. Nice for a warm day! https://www.facebook.com/GelateriaLucaBuffalo

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There were activities for children in the Kidtoberfest Zone which included a petting zoo, bounce house, art tables, and a balloon twister.  And for the grownup “kids”,  it was the perfect day to toss around the Frisbee in the Kan Jam tournament.

Because we know they have great food and a shady place to sit, we decided to eat at Legends Bar & Grill on First Street. Their menu includes wood fired pizzas, hamburgers, salads and wings, to name a few. http://legendsbarnf.com/ We’ve always found the food to be good here.

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Mayor Paul Dyster and his friends were there to enjoy the fun.

The summer schedule of Old Falls Street is jam packed with activities, with a smattering of seasonal festivities as well. The calendar of activities is available on their website, http://fallsstreet.com/.

There’s always something new in Niagara…

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