The calendar says September, but this Saturday, Sept. 22nd, is the official start of Oktoberfest, the celebration of the harvest according to German tradition. Since there's a lot of food and drink involved, many enjoy celebrating it. There is a huge celebration this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the heart of Detroit. Live in the D's Jason Carr was joined by Cassi Meitl, a program manager for DTE Energy, to discuss the event.
This event is a little different than typical Oktoberfest celebrations; for one, it is called Parkoberfest. It is a free, German-themed festival at Beacon Park in downtown. Lumen, the restaurant in the park, will be open for the festival, and there will be a food truck there as well, serving German-style food. There will also be 25 craft beers, with special keg tappings and lots of activities and competitions, including a stein hoisting competition. Additionally, there is a root beer garden for the kids to enjoy, as well as face-painting and games. Live music will also be played.
Parking is available and free at the MGM Grand Casino nearby.