Saturday, October 04, 2008

OCTOBERfest

Autumn weekends are reserved for Oktoberfests! This is how Oktoberfest is celebrated in
Mt. Angel, Oregon.








Oktoberfest is a time to focus on German and Swiss traditions and customs.
Beer

German folk music

Sauerkraut

Traditional clothing

Food



Mt. Angel is not just the location of Oktoberfest, it is also the home of Mt. Angel Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery. The abbey staffs the local parish church, St. Mary Parish.


The abbey was established in 1882 by a group of Benedictine monks from Switzerland.

14 comments:

ellen b. said...

Very cool. The food looks velly intelesting. Fried Twinkies??
The abbey looks great! Have you ever been to the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon. Those Monks make some great monastery fruit cake...

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Great fun! We used to have a little Octoberfest in La Mesa Calif back in the late 1970's. By the 1990s it turned into a huge weekend event that overwhelm the little village! My in-laws used to dance professionally (german dance) at Octoberfests throughout So. Calif. My kids grew up thinking Grandpas wore leder hosen!Your town looks quite authentic...so nice instead of just a festival in any old town to give a reason for selling crafts and swilling beer.

Melanie said...

What a wonderful time you must be having- so many foods to try. I love that window basket.

Flower said...

How about the roasted hazelnut ice-cream bars!!! O my!!!
Perfect pictures for such a grand festival!

Knitting Linguist said...

Are fried Twinkies traditional? Either way, though, you've got me craving bratwurst...

photowannabe said...

This looks like a lot of fun. My son and his family always attend each year. While son and his wife were first dating we took pictures of them at the Abbey. Wonderful place for photography.

Caroline said...

All of it looks wonderful. Well, actually the food isn't doing it for me right now because it is hubby's birthday, and I've consumed way too much cake and other celebratory foods today.

I haven't been to Oregon for at least ten years, even though my parents are so near the border comparatively. One day we'll go visit some of your haunts. They look so peaceful.

Oh..I almost forgot. I used Debbie Bliss wool/cotton for the bunny. I bought a bunch of it a while ago, thinking I would knit a blanket with it. It's proved to be better for bunnies. I've gone way down on the needle size. I think I used size 3 for this latest one. It is fun to experiment with them isn't it?

fiberjoy said...

Oh! You were in Mt Angel??? Shoot, why didn't I think to ask if you'd be going to Ockterfest? We live only seven miles from Mt Angel.

I used to work in the Abbey Library. Did you get up there? What a place that is. I do miss working there and being surrounded by so many thousands of fabulous books. (But then, I don't miss going away from home just to work everyday!)

Barbara Brown said...

thank you for the encouraging comment you left on my blog. beautiful pictures btw.

Allie said...

I love your pictures! These build such a story of your day! And make me all excited about fall.

Tracy said...

Wonderful...beautiful, delicious and fun! I love Octoberfests! I suddenly have the unusual craving for junk food-LOL! Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

Islandsparrow said...

October fest sounds like fun.

Mmm those buns look delicious!

Barbara said...

Interesting. I di dnot know that there was a strong German connection to that part of yur country.

Like the new boys sweater.
Sounds like yu had a fun week.

Linda S. Socha said...

I love the Abbey photo and your blog in general! I think I could become attached to the rabbits. There is something about them that elicits my inner child!
Thanks for sharing
Linda