DPJ Yelper of the Week: Mark T. on Margaret T. Hance Park and Old World OktoberfestTweet
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Queen Creeek, AZ
I attended the Old World Oktoberfest held at the Moreland end of the park. Parking was not too difficult — lots across the street for $5 or parking on the street for free. The park provided a good location for the festival and allowed each vendor plenty of room, as well as an area for a dance floor and the main stage.
The pros of the festival: the AZ Accordian band, Guggenbach Band & Lorelei & Schatzi. I also stayed for the Beer Stein Competition. There were several vendors there including Grandma Goes Nuts (which offered good cinnamon covered peacans, almonds and cashews), the San Francisco Chocolate Factory (carmel, chocolate and candy covered apples), a funnel cake place, a curly fry place, Der kaffee Kuchen (brats & kraut!) and of course a few tables of Warsteiner. I had three boots of the Oktoberfest blend.
The atmosphere was great, the entertainment was awesome and I enjoyed the beer, brats and funnel cake.
A few things I wish would have been better: more of a crowd. Granted the festival started at 10 AM…I stayed from about 11-2, but there were not many people…also, how cool would it have been if a vendor were selling German items such as lederhosen? This was the 4th annual and I think they are on the right track. Maybe a few more vendors and some community support would make it a 5 star event…
Margaret T. Hance Park is located at 1134 N. Central Ave. (602) 534.2406
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