Towards the end of August, I took a quick road trip to visit my cousin and her family in Ohio. They’re lucky enough to live within a stone’s throw of Germania Park, where we attended the annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Germania Society of Cincinnati. This Oktoberfest is held earlier than the one in downtown Cincinnati, but it was still enormously popular. They had a midway with rides and games, a sheltered area with a huge dance floor, and tents with alpine souvenirs. As to be expected, there were men in lederhosen and loferl, and I spotted many women wearing beautiful dirndls. I also had the joy of watching my cousin’s family compete in the rope pulling contest.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I smuggled a pre-cooked Beyond Meat bratwurst inside my satchel — which I paired with sauerkraut and Düsseldorf mustard that I ordered at the park. It might’ve been the best idea I’ve ever had, but I’m crossing my fingers in the hope that someday, the Germania Society will sell these meatless sausages at their events.
We had so much fun and to top it off, my cousin’s hubby managed to score us a ride home on a golf cart. I hope to go again next year. But I must say, the fun wasn’t limited to Oktoberfest. I got to do a little day drinking at Jungle Jim’s (a huge international market) and stocked up on my favorite hot sauce. I got to soak in their hot tub under the stars while we listened to the crickets. I got to pick handfuls of wild strawberries and feed them to their chickens. It was a perfect long weekend spent with some of my favorite people and it made me feel grateful to be alive.