The city of Litchfield Park is keeping its Oktoberfest authentic by transforming The Wigwam into a mini Germany for a day.
The event is set for Saturday, September 16, which is the opening day of the official Munich celebration.
“It’s a nice tie-in to the German celebration, of course, and a great way to kick off the season in Arizona,” says Tricia Kramer, Litchfield Park’s special events coordinator.
The city’s event draws close to 900 attendees on the resort’s front lawn. The Wigwam has been home to the celebration for the past 13 years.
“It’s a great community event,” Kramer says.
The festival, like any good fall party, will be filled with games, Dirndl dresses, lederhosen and Bavarian culinary classics.
It doesn’t get much more authentic than the menu, which features more than just your average bratwurst. Offerings, prepared by The Wigwam’s culinary staff, include jagerschnitzel (breaded pork cutlet) and reiberdatschi (potato pancakes served with apple sauce).
For those with a sweet tooth, krapfen (German doughnuts filled with raspberry jam) will also be served. Other festival fare includes the slightly easier to pronounce soft pretzel and hot dog.
Festivalgoers will be able to wash it down with a variety of brews. Paulaner lager, weizen and Oktoberfest will be available, as well as domestic beer and wine, ranging from $5 to $6.
The family-friendly event features entertainment and activities like a kids’ zone with arts and crafts and pumpkin chucking. Children and adults can compete in the yodeling and best German outfit contests.
The Phoenix Polka Band and a DJ will provide the soundtrack. Tickets are available online as well as at the gate. Admission is $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Ticket proceeds benefit the Litchfield Park Recreation Department.
The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, litchfield-park.org, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 16, $10, free for kids 12 and younger.