Crystal Springs’ Oktoberfest will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, at Mountain Creek Resort (200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ).
Attracting over 12,000 people annually, this is the largest Oktoberfest in New Jersey and will offer dozens of German sausages and beers, spit-fire roasted meats, live music, and games for kids young and old. This year, the popular event will welcome renowned chef and cookbook author Francis Mallmann, who will sign copies of his new cookbook, Mallmann on Fire, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, then at 5 p.m. he will host a “Mallmann on Fire Dinner” in the gorgeous Chef’s Garden at Grand Cascades Lodge. He will serve food family-style inspired by recipes from his book. The food will be paired with wines from Bodega Garzon in Uruguay and will cost $95 plus tax and gratuity. (This includes a pre-release copy of the book.)
During Oktoberfest festivities, guests will enjoy food, including German classics like bratwurst, knockwurst and weisswurst, as well as whole calves, rabbit, lamb and chicken cooked in a fire. Food can be purchased a la carte from stands and two dozen German beers will be available on draft.
For $15 (or $19 at the door), the Hobrau Premium Feast at the Red Tail Lodge will offer a buffet with sliced pork, bratwurst, knockwurst, sliced beef, potato pancakes, pulled pork, red cabbage, German potato salad, corn on the cob and soft drinks. A VIP tent ($99) will provide premium seating and an all-you-can-eat Oktoberfest buffet from 1pm – 5pm. VIP ticketholders also receive a souvenir t-shirt and 1 liter beer stein.
Oktoberfest hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 per person (children 5 and under: free) and food and drinks are priced separately. General parking is $5, preferred parking $20.
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