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Jennie Marshall

Born and raised in the City of Champions, this U of A alumni loves exploring the amazing food, fashion and art scene that is abundant in YEG! An avid football fan, sporting events are always a priority. From wine bars to window shopping she is always out & about in River City looking to try something new, with her finger-on-the-pulse of our vibrant city. 

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Ready, Set, Oktoberfest!

Saturday October 01 , 2016

It’s that magical time of year again; kids are back in school, the leaves are turning, sweater weather is upon us, and hundreds of thousands of people flock to Munich, Germany to participate in the world's largest Volksfest! (Pssst, a Volksfest is a combination of a beer or wine festival that is combined with a traveling fair). But you don’t have to go all the way to Bavaria to celebrate - all you need to raise a stein and get your schnitzel on in style is right here in Old Strathcona!

K&K-Foodliner has been serving Edmonton for over 50 years. This is your go-to grocery for all das ist gut German foods and imports! Located right on Whyte Ave at the corner of 99th Street, it is easy to pop in for everything your DIY Oktoberfest party will need; from sausage to schnitzel and everything in-between - this place is wunderbar! Pro Tip: Make sure to buy a bottle of authentic Currywurst ketchup, along with all those amazing mustards, for dipping! 

After stocking up the meats, cheeses, pickles and mustards, your next stop for fantastic (and authentic) German delights, is right next door to K&K: Empress Bakery. At Empress, you will find the most amazing German pretzels, soft and fluffy pretzel buns, and strudel that will have you dreaming about it all day long! 

During the official Oktoberfest in Munich, over 7 million liters of beer are served during the 16-18 day festival. And - get this - they roast over half a million chickens! But back to the beer… I spoke with Wayne Sheridan, owner of Situation Brewing who, alongside Matthew Vetten, took me through a tasting of their 8-10 different beers on tap. From stouts, lagers, IPAs, sours (and on and on), all of their phenomenal ales are made in-house at their Old Strathcona brewery. And they are all available for you to take home with you in their signature growlers (available in three different sizes) as well as 20 Litre kegs. Right in time for Oktoberfest, try their German style Vienna lager; Frau Lisa. Want some authentic beer steins to go along with your beer? Check out the Old Strathcona Antique Mall.

Not up for hosting your own Oktoberfest? Don’t worry, MKT Beer Market on Gateway Blvd has got you covered! Official Oktoberfest festivities at MKT start on October 2nd, and ramp-up to their huge fête on October 15th. During that time, they will have Hacker-Pchorr (which one of the 6 official beers of Oktoberfest in Munich) on special in 1 liter and half liter Steins. Make sure to indulge in their Oktoberfest platters of pretzels, pretzel buns, knockwurst, theuringer, bratwurst, sauerkraut, assorted mustards & pickles. Then, on the 15th, local Edmontonian Oom Pah Pah band, Sound Flight, will be on premises to knock your lederhosen off. 

Prost!