Food, Beverages Usher in Missouri Oktoberfests

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Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair, held annually in Munich, Germany. Not one to shy away from an excuse to eat and drink, the United States has adopted the festival, which normally runs for 16 days abroad. Missouri has a long and rich German history, therefore it’s only natural that various towns across the state have hopped on board the Oktoberfest bandwagon for smaller events.


No matter where the Oktoberfest is held, at the heart of each celebration is one thing most fair-goers can agree on—beer. Great food also is at the heart of every beer festival, so let’s take a look at three top Oktoberfests across the state in which brewskies and German cuisine is served faster than you can say Willkomme.


OktoberFest Village 

Head out West to Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 5 and you will find OktoberFest Village in conjunction with Taste of Springfield. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the tapping of the ceremonial keg takes place at 11:15 a.m.


Laura Head is with English Management, the group that is putting on Oktoberfest Village in downtown Springfield.


“A lot of our vendor booths are new this year. And we do have some new beers from a local brewery, Mother’s Brewery, and this will be the first time that they are actually introduced to the market,” Head says.  “We are pretty excited to have the exclusive launch for a few of those beers that will only be available this time of year at the event.”


Sampling beers include Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Marshall Oktoberfest and Redd’s Strawberry Ale. For a full list of beverages on tap, visit And, to complement the beer festival is Taste of Springfield, in which more than 25 local restaurants will be on hand. Cooking demonstrations and specialty vendor booths are the highlight of the culinary feast presented by Springfield Grocer Company. For a full vendor list, visit the vendors page.


Hermann Oktoberfest

Next we travel to Hermann, Mo., site of arguably the biggest Oktoberfest in the state. The month-long celebration is held the first four weekends of October and is complete with oom-pah bands and brats on the grill. Hermann has the best of both worlds—not only is the city rooted deep in German heritage, but it’s a haven for wine lovers. Highlights include a German food stand, a German Bier Garten and a Lion’s Club Kettle Corn stand complete with brats, burgers, hot dogs and soda. For a complete event listing, visit their website here.


Soulard Oktoberfest 

Make your last Oktoberfest one count, as we travel to the eastern part of Missouri and the Soulard Oktoberfest. Perhaps the fastest-growing Oktoberfest in the state, Soulard’s Oktoberfest is Oct. 11 through the 13. While general admission is welcome, festival-goers can purchase VIP privileges such as a Soulard Oktoberfest mug, special food and VIP beer tastings at most booths. Activities include the Strongest Barmaid Relay, a Brat Eating Contest and Masskrugstemmen, which is a stamina challenge to see who can hold a one-liter beer stein the longest. For more information on Soulard Oktoberfest, visit their website here.

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Southwick Veterinary Issues Halloween Treat Warning

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Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, and even though your pet may want a treat, make sure it is safe enough to avoid tricks.

Most pet owners know that chocolate and any types of sugary snacks are dangerous for fur babies and can be sometimes lethal.

Southwick says that veterinarians have suspected that sugar substitutes, namely Xylitol, can make animals sick.

In fact, there now is evidence that Xylitol can produce possible liver failure in dogs. Xylitol can be found in sugar-free gum, candy, baked goods and even toothpaste.

The clinical evidence on the extent of damage Xylitol can bring to your pet still is being examined. Southwick warns to keep an eye on anything your pet is eating, especially around the holidays where more food and sweets are prevalent and within reach.

The folks at Southwick Veterinary Hospital happen to be Maddux’s vet, and they are wonderful. They can be contacted at 314.892.0244. Have a happy and safe Howl-oween!