Sewickley's Oktoberfest to kick off Friday

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An Oktoberfest celebration will feature music, German food and beer starting at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Sewickley village.

The festival will take place in a tent at the Division Street parking lot. The events Friday and Saturday evenings will be for adults 18 and older.

Festivities will kick off 5 p.m. Friday with music by Madel Jager (formerly called Gaudi Buam), followed at 6:45 by a keg-tapping led by council President Robert Hague and music by the Grammy-nominated polka stylings of The Johnny Koenig Band from 8 to 11.

New this year will be a kids' Oktoberfest celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday featuring food, beverages, contests and a Dachshund Dash at 3. Crafts and activities will be provided by the Penguin Bookshop, Sweetwater Center for the Arts and the Sewickley Public Library.

The Oktoberfest will reopen for an evening session at 5 on Saturday with music by The Barons and the Autobahn Band. There will be another keg-tapping at 6:45 p.m., and the tent will close at 11.

The Sharp Edge Bistro will provide German food such as bratwurst, kielbasa and pulled pork sandwiches with sauerkraut. There also will be potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce, homemade pretzel knots and hot German potato salad. German black forest cake will be available for dessert.

Beer from Great Lakes Brewery and Spaten Lager will be available in keepsake beer steins and in 16-ounce cups. Spaten Lager also will be available in mini kegs. Street parking will be available as well as in the Green Street parking lot. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, parking will be free all weekend.

This year, the event will benefit Village Green Partners, a Sewickley-based nonprofit organization committed to supporting the business district.

Tickets are $10. Information and tickets:


Shellie Petri Budzeak, freelance writer:


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