Oktoberfest Celebrated in Fitger’s Courtyard

The Boat Club Restaurant Put on Their First Ever German Fall Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – Fall is here and to celebrate this time of year, the Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth held their first ever Oktoberfest celebration.

Oktoberfest is a traditional German folk festival held annually in Bavaria.

That’s a long way from Duluth, but the Fitger’s courtyard felt a lot like Germany today at the Boat Club’s own Oktoberfest celebration.

“There is no better location to do an Oktoberfest than here in the Fitger’s courtyard right on beautiful Lake Superior and we have an awesome day to come out and celebrate some good German heritage,” said Jason Vincent, owner of the Boat Club.

Hundreds of Duluthians ate, drank, and partied German style.

“We have live music, we have an amazing amount of food and beer and just a lot of activities for children as well as adults,” said Tami Tanski Sherman, mall manager at Fitger’s.

“We’re both in German so it’s an extra way for us to express our love for the language and the culture,” said Brooke Heikkila, a Duluth East student at the festival.

People celebrated outside on a beautiful October day.

“Fall is the best time of the year to be in Duluth. You’ve got that crispness in the air,” said Vincent. “We know what’s coming so we want to get out and do one last big celebration before we know what’s happening.”

They connected with Northern Minnesota’s European heritage.

“I think it’s all about family and getting together and doing something healthy,” said Tanski Sherman.

German flavor was added using traditional beer and cuisine.

“We’ve had a German menu going on all week inside the Boat Club and that has been beyond successful,” said Vincent. “We’ve sold out of a couple of the dishes because they’ve been so popular.”

Fitger’s and the Boat Club are planning to make Oktoberfest an annual event.

“You put a big sweater on, you come out, you enjoy a good Oktoberfest brew, enjoy some good German food and really just celebrate the end of a successful summer and a fun summer,” said Vincent.

Oktoberfest continued into the evening with beer keg races and a strudel eating contest.

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