Fall is made for festivals, and nothing ushers in the harvest season like the annual Soulard Oktoberfest.
With 2,000 kegs of beer, 1,000 Munich-style baby-back ribs and 14 premier bands, organizers are working to make this year’s festival even bigger than last year’s, which attracted a record-breaking numbers of revelers.
Set for Fri., Oct. 12 to Sun., Oct. 14, the 2012 Soulard Oktoberfest will be held two blocks east of the Soulard Market at 3rd and Lafayette streets. The new location will allow the Soulard Oktoberfest to expand the festival to now encompass more than three football fields filled with beers, tents and brats.
Last year’s event drew record crowds of nearly 50,000 people, with beer sales increasing from 50 kegs since its inception in 2004 to 1,350 kegs. The strong turnout garnered attention from national media, with the Associated Press, AOL, CNBC and other major news organizations rating Soulard's festival as one of the top three Oktoberfests in America. Organizers of this year’s event anticipate 60,000 people and a national record-breaking 2,000 kegs. They also cite the festival’s devotion to headlining authentic German music as one of the reasons for the continued growth and national recognition.
This year, the Soulard Oktoberfest will feature 14 premier bands, including performances by the international fest-rock sensation the Dorfrockers, whose music charts higher than Lady Gaga's in parts of Europe, organizers say. "The Dorfrockers' colorful, witty lyrics and lively pop-fest performances will help draw big crowds to the festival while bringing an authentic slice of Germany to St. Louis."