For me, Biergarten Festival ticks all the right boxes because it’s an authentic German summer party with all the proper accouterments. It’s truly fun for everyone, from the smallest member of your family to the oldest.
Why do I look forward to Biergarten Festival? Well, let me lay it out for you in a nice succinct list.
1. The music. While I don’t listen to German polka music as a matter of course, I do enjoy it, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to this event. It’s happy music and it gets folks dancing; young folks, old folks and barely walking folks. I also love the German dance troupes who entertain the festivalgoers throughout the festival.
2. The beer. What’s not to love about a good German beer? After all, I’m pretty sure the Germans invented the stuff. They serve up Paulaner beers at Biergarten Fest and if you think that means there’s just one type of beer to drink, you’re wrong. Paulaner makes all kinds of styles and there’s a good variety poured at this event.
3. The food. I crave the smoked salmon dish that Chef Neuhold serves up at Biergarten every year. And thank goodness I don’t have to wait an entire year to have it, because I can also get the dish at the Denver Christkindl Market in the winter. Being a Schlaefer, my husband always orders hardcore traditional German fare at Biergarten, but I stick with the mouthwatering salmon.
4. The ambiance. Gals in dirndls walk the fest carrying wooden paddles lined with schnapps and baskets overflowing with warm pretzels. The music never stops and almost everyone dances. The setting, on a green hillside outside of Denver, Colorado, is reminiscent of being in the German countryside.
The 18th Annual Biergarten Festival is July 11-13, 2014.
It takes place at 17832 HWY 8 in Morrison, Colorado, just a short drive from Denver.
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Hope to see you there!