‘Oktoberfest’ in Palm Springs

Mike Purdy, Chad Hill and Gary Hartman
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Oktoberfest 2013 Palm Springs was held on October 19th at the Spa Resort Casino back parking lot. Over 40 venders under white tents filled the lot. A big VIP tent was in the middle with a DJ, Surprise entertainment, a private bar and seating for comfort.There was a stage at each end of the venue playing various types of music from polkas to hard rock. Award winning chefs held demonstrations during the day in another tent.

Over 20 of the venders were Belgium, German and micro-breweries that served a variety of beers. It was a hot day and a cool brew was so refreshing. Guests chose many types of beers from lagers, dark and light beers and beers of different flavors for the beer lover. Local cafes and sponsors poured various beers that they serve in their restaurants. There were even wine tasting booths. Vendors sold food and refreshments. Party Lab sold hats and others promoted their businesses. Guests could sign up for prizes that would be won later in the day.

Some of the customers came in Bavarian type costumes. Volunteers wore short blue pants with suspenders, high sox and little blue hats. All in the theme of the day. Bands included Bavarian Stew, Highland Way, Scott Carter and New Breed and Cougrzz Rock, an all female band. Celebrity chefs included Adam Gettler and Johannes Bacher while DJ Andy T played his music in the VIP tent.

The Beneficiary for this event is CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children, whose mission is to speak for abused neglected and abandoned Children in the courts of Riverside County. WWW. casariversidecounty.org for more information. This event was a Hocker Production.