The Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s Historic Lewes Business Committee is sponsoring its third Oktoberfest Friday, Sept. 19. Market Street between Front Street and Second Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3 to 7 p.m., and the event will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
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The consumption of beer and German food are integral to an Oktoberfest celebration. Lewes will create a beer garden atmosphere on Market Street -minus the beer, to be in compliance with city ordinances. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is synonymous with beer, and is sponsoring the event for the third year.
Once again, Dogfish had commemorative glass beer steins fabricated with the Dogfish logo and the event’s custom-designed logo by graphic designer Crystal Heidel. They will be for sale beginning Monday, Sept. 15, at the chamber’s visitor center in the Fisher-Martin House in Zwaanendael Park next to the museum, and at the festival site beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 19.
On the day of the Fun Friday Oktoberfest, the steins can be taken into participating restaurants and presented to receive a discount on Dogfish beer available at a number of the restaurants in the historic Lewes business district. German cuisine will be featured in many of the restaurants in the area.
The chamber received permission from the city to close off the portion of Market Street from Front Street to Second Street to accommodate the dancing that will be taking place in front of Mary Vessels Park. A group of costumed Bavarian-style dancers will be performing and encouraging festival-goers to dance along with them. A 10-piece German oompah band, The Happy Wanderers, also will provide entertainment. Everyone is encouraged to wear their lederhosen and dirndls, and to show off their best dancing skills.