Snowmass goes Bavarian on Saturday |

Snowmass goes Bavarian on Saturday

Aspen Times Staff

Grab your lederhosen and your beer stein ” Oktoberfest returns to Snowmass Village on Saturday.

The all-day outdoor festival, which debuted last year, celebrates the changing colors with German food and beer, fun for kids and plenty of music.

“This is the only Oktoberfest celebration in the Roaring Fork Valley that we know of, and it’s poised to quickly become a long-standing autumn tradition in Snowmass, much like Mardi Gras is to February or St. Paddy’s Day is to March,” said Susan Hamley, the town’s marketing director.

The festivities run from noon to 7 p.m. on the Snowmass Village mall, with free live music and dance performances, beer provided by the Tommyknocker Brewery, Samuel Adams, Tabernash, and Warsteiner, and kids’ activities all day long. A clown, juggler and stilt walker, along with the House of Bounce, will entertain the younger set while their elders check out the frothy brews available at $3 apiece in tents set up along the mall.

The Stew Pot will offer two different food booths, selling such traditional fare as German sausages, homemade German potato salad, sauerkraut and an apple desert, while the S’no Beach will grill up brats and burgers.

The music kicks off at noon with Alpine Echo playing traditional German polka tunes in front of The Stew Pot. They play again from 2 to 3 p.m. At 1 and 4 p.m., the D’Miesbacher OIM Taler German Dance Group perform traditional “schuhplatte” or shoe-patting dances. The Boulder Acoustic Society will offer an eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass and rock music at 1:30 and 3 p.m. at the ticket pavilion.

At 5 p.m., Colorado band Kan’Nal closes out the celebration with a free two-hour concert of what Boulder Weekly calls “primal groove” music. As much a stage show as a concert, Kan’Nal’s ancient rhythms and instruments provide the accompaniment for exotic (no, not that kind of exotic) dancers. Last weekend, they wowed Jazz Aspen Snowmass audiences, creating a minor sensation at one of the Labor Day Festival’s side stages.

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