DPJ is proud to bring you the best Yelp reviews of your favorite Downtown restaurants, boutiques, venues and everything in between. Every Tuesday, visit DPJ for a finely crafted, tell-all account of a Downtown spot straight from the experts: the people!
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
The DPJ Yelper of the Week offers honest insight on a Downtown business to help you explore your core. DPJ hopes that by partnering with Yelp to spread the good word about well-loved Downtown spots, you’ll spread your patronage and support local business.
Yelp is a social networking and local search engine that provides the reviews of places and things that matter to you. Simply log in, pick a place and queue up your inner critic. You can write a beaming review of your favorite gelato spot, or a scathing portrayal of that rental car facility you had to use after that curb came out of nowhere. Yelp’s reviews are at once honest, uncensored, wildly hilarious and true. Heck, the site must be doing something right — it had 25 million viewers just last month!