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10 Things we Learned Hosting our First Oktoberfest

Every year the Austrian Club in Calgary, under the competent management of my mutti, would throw a two-week Oktoberfest where they would import a real Austrian polka band from Austria (and one time from S├╝dtirol.) There would be dinner and dancing, beer and bratwurst, schnapps and sauerkraut, and the staff would wear traditional garb. When I was a teenager I helped out at these events, along with a giggling knot of my friends from school. All this to say, I know a bit about Oktoberfest even if I had never been to the real one in Munich.

This year Mike and I threw an Oktoberfest party at our weekly Tuesday night comedy show. It was a lot of things, an excuse for me to wear my new dirndl, a friends and fans engagement party with pretzels, live accordion music, and beer, a birthday party, and a comedy show.

Here are the things we learned: Continue reading