The Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s Historic Lewes Business Committee is sponsoring their fourth Oktoberfest on Friday, September 18. Market Street, between Front Street and Second Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3 – 7 p.m. and the event will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
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 the City’s ordinances. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is synonymous with beer and they are sponsoring the event for the fourth 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 on sale for $7 each beginning Thursday, September 17 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 4 pm on Friday, September 18. On the day of the 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 located in the same area.
The Chamber requested and received permission from the City to close of 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 be entertaining those gathered to partake in the festivities. Everyone is encouraged to wear their lederhosen and dirndls and show off your best dancing skills.