Friday, September 24, 2010

Oktoberfest Preparations

Looks like it’s going to be a great festival this year! I know you all think I’m just being all chirpy and advertise-y because I’m with the group that’s sponsoring the festival, but really: This event has grown over the years and become big, fun shindig.

Honestly, those first few years—how it rained! There was one year we joked about changing our logo to an umbrella. I truly didn’t think we’d keep having Oktoberfest. But here it is, ten years already.

Yeah, there’s the vendors and the car show, the craft booths, the wiener dog derby, the kids’ area, and so on, but the heart of it all has always been the German dinner.

Central UCC lets the Old Munichburg Association use their kitchen and cafeteria for the dinner; and many of the women at Central Church volunteer to help with the food service. They also donate all kinds of nifty homemade German goodies for a bake sale.

Each year, the organizers try to offer something new, something different. Like the Hott & Asel sausage (from the original recipe used by a local butcher shop that closed in the sixties but which all the locals remember).

Or one year, we had authentic German beer, sent to us in kegs from our friends in partner city Muenchberg.

This year, one of the new things is a special sauce for your bratwurst—made using an authentic German recipe from Muenchberg.

I got to see it as it was being cooked today in big pots in the church kitchen: It’s got mustard in it. And some chicken broth. And bacon! (Plus other ingredients I won’t go into; some things ought to remain proprietary secrets, huh?)

I’ll be working at the OMA booth tomorrow, if you want to drop by and say hello. Though of course, I’ll have to sneak out for a few minutes to get me one of those saucy brats!

See you there!

Jefferson City/Old Munichburg Oktoberfest
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
Hours: 10–6
Old Munichburg district (Dunklin Street, between Broadway and Jefferson), Jefferson City


Anonymous said...

Do you know if any of the Capitol Beer tee shirts are available from the Oktoberfest a few years ago? I am interested in purchasing some.

Julianna Schroeder said...

Hi! There are a number of tee shirts left over from previous festivals, but unfortunately those tan Capitol Brewery shirts from 2009 are completely sold out. That was a nifty design! (Maybe they can make more. I was selling tee shirts at last year's O-fest, and there were lots of requests for the 2009 design.)

Did you see the design from 2010? It's a Wagner beer logo on a black shirt--they still have some of those left. The Wagner brewery predeeded Capitol brewery.

Here's the phone number for the Old Munichburg Ass'n. (I think it's for Accents design shop, so don't get wigged out if they pick up and say "Accents"): 636-6603.

You might also look at lists the PO Box and stuff.

Anonymous said...

The founder of the Capitol Brewery Jacob Moerschel was my Grandmothers' Grandfather and I am interested in collecting anything related to the Capitol Brewery.
Keep me posted if you see anything I might be interested in. I saw a sign that is hanging from the ceiling in the ECCO Lounge and some trays above the bar mirrors. My email is

Julianna Schroeder said...

Hi, John, sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you; I've been pretty preoccupied with my busted ankle, and, well, you don't want to know.

I'm e-mailing you with a few more Jeff City breweriana "leads."

Thanks again for commenting,