A celebration of Bavarian food, drink and heritage will be on display when Sugar Mountain Resort hosts its annual Oktoberfest event (rain or shine).
"Oktoberfest will hopefully be a weekend of beautiful weather to go with the mountain foliage and a great celebration of Bavarian food and culture," said Kim Jochl with Sugar Mountain Resort. "Our parking lots will be absolutely full with visitors, with a weekend as busy as perhaps our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend during ski season. We're ready for the event and it's a great warmup for the winter season and a time of great activity on the mountain."
Admission, parking and shuttle service are free.
Artisans, craftspeople and festival food vendors open their booths each day with items including pottery, wooden toys, oil paintings, stained glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, birdhouses, jewelry, books, hats, soaps and much more. For more information on reserving a spot as a vendor click to www.oktoberfest.skisugar.com.
Visitors to Oktoberfest can get a unique view of the High Country, southern Virginia and eastern Tennessee's foliage from the 1.5-mile long scenic chairlift ride to Sugar's 5,300-foot peak.
A children's activity area, located in the Ski School Play Yard, will keep the young ones entertained each day from noon to 4 p.m. The children's area — available for a small fee per child/per day — includes bounce and play stations, hayrides and a chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples and drinks are also available in the children's activity area.
Bavarian cuisine including bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels will be available all weekend. An ample supply of Spaten beer, created in 1872 in Munich, Germany, and the world first's Oktoberfest beer, will be available until closing each day. Those who prefer food other than Bavarian cuisine can enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and other festive foods on hand.
Shop for the fall and winter seasons at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sport Shop, located on the first level of the main lodge.
Commemorative Oktoberfest T-shirts and souvenir items can also be bought in the sports shop or under the tent on the main celebration deck.
Lodging details and contact information can be found by clicking to www.oktoberfest.skisugar.com.
For more information or to volunteer, call Sugar Mountain Resort's administrative office at (828) 898-4521 or click to www.oktoberfest.skisugar.com.