By Enya Bours
German Club’s annual Oktoberfest is back this Friday, October 26th, and with it comes a variety of food, games, and a taste of German culture.
The food being served this year includes potato salad and sausages, and for dessert, spaghettieis (or spaghetti ice cream), which is vanilla ice cream doused in strawberry sauce made to look like spaghetti. As for drinks, there will be root beer floats in place of the traditional beer that would be served in Bavaria’s Oktoberfests.
The event that is attended by around 150 people each year will also include games such as darts, cup pong, pretzels- or donuts-on-a-string eating contests, and a chance to win goldfish.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held in Munich, Germany, with people from all over the world in attendance, and the event held on Independence’s campus is just as important. “We bring people together and teach them more about the German culture in order to keep the language alive,” says Sabrina Tu, co-vice president and senior of German Club. “We’re all kind of Asian here, so I think it’s good for us to emerge ourselves into cultures that aren’t Asian,” adds Jasmine Vallarta.
There is a lot of work put behind the event that it is run entirely by German Club officers. When asked how it is done, co-vice president and senior Emily Dinh explains, “We break up into committees, and usually we plan it about a month before the actual event. We have our food committee, deco, and then games. [...] We have someone print out tickets, make event pages on Facebook, make announcements in class and on the speaker, and that’s just kind of how we promote it so that more people will come.”
The process is not an easy one, however. “The most difficult part is trying to get people to come to our [board] meetings. Because if you don’t have everyone, it’s hard to plan out who’s going to go on the Costco run, who’s going to buy this, who’s going to make posters,” Dinh describes. “But just seeing people have fun at Oktoberfest is what makes it worth it.”