Enjoy Beer, Schnapps, and Schnitzel at American German Club of the Palm Beaches' Oktoberfest (Video)

Prost! It's the word you will hear time and time again at this year's annual Oktoberfest at the American German Club of the Pam Beaches in Lake Worth. For the past 42 years, the social club has been raising funds through this event by putting on one of the biggest Oktoberfest parties in the country.

"It's the largest in the state of Florida," Kurt Freiter, president of the club said. "It's the most authentic... patterned after the Munich Oktoberfest, we are now probably the cornerstone of fall festivals in Palm Beach County"

The event began in Bavaria in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, which basically makes this the longest running wedding reception in history. Like all good receptions, it's filled with good food, plentiful beer, dancing, and sing-alongs.

The American German Club continues with this tradition, featuring copious amounts of Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Dunkel, and Original flowing from bars spread across the festival grounds. The Jäger Haus, a small hut tucked out behind the main tent, offers the herbal and spice laden Jägermeister either by itself or mixed with other liquors and schnapps. 

Every imaginable tasty German dish is available as well: from Thüringer Bratwurst to schnitzel, from Sauerbraten, to fresh baked giant pretzels; there's no excuse not to try to get food wasted. Personally, you have to try the Leberkäse (a meatloaf of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions) on a hard German roll with fried egg on top; it's quite possibly the best beer garden food ever invented. 

But it's not just for drinking and feasting, there's plenty to do with the family, including a kick-ass carnival complete with spinning rides and giant pendulum rides. Be warned though, the live German and contemporary music could force an outbreak of song and dance at any time.

The 42nd-annual Oktoberfest this weekend from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, October 16; from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 17; and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 18. It's the perfect place to experience fall. The American German Club of the Palm Beaches is located at 5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth. Call 561-967-6464, or visit americangermanclub.org.

Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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