Beer + October + Orlando = Festival

Hannah Benhariz pours a beer at Epcot's England pavillion at Disney World

Hannah Benhariz pours a beer at Epcot's England pavillion at Disney World


The Official Ticket Center Inc. ~ Everyone can be German in October in Florida with a variety of celebrations that are all about brats and bands, and of course, beer. So dust off your lederhosen and dirndl and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest. Festivities include these:

Lake Buena Vista — What better place to enjoy Oktoberfest than one where they celebrate it every day of the year? In the Germany pavilion at Epcot, in the heart of a Bavarian-inspired village is the Biergarten, a restaurant serving authentic German dishes (including wurst, pork schnitzel, red cabbage sauerkraut and more) and German beer and wine. Lederhosen-clad or dirndl-clad musicians entertain while diners sit at large communal tables and enjoy their selections from the bountiful buffet.

During Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (Oct. 1-Nov. 14) the Germany pavilion also features a German marketplace serving tapas-sized portions of such specialties of spaetzl gratin with ham and cheese and apple strudel (portions cost $2-$5).

The Party for the Senses showcasing the talents of 25 chefs and the diversity of 75 wines and beers celebrates the fall harvest at the World Showplace in Epcot on Oct. 31. Food served will be themed to traditional fall dishes with an accent on what is fresh and bountiful. Tickets are $135 per person plus tax (gratuity included). Park admission is required for the Party for the Senses and the Biergarten ($75 for adults, $63 for children). Visit .

Orlando — Head east of Orlando to Waterford Lakes Town Center on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. for the East Orlando Octoberfest to sample more than 100 of the world’s greatest beers along with free food samples from area restaurants with paid admission. Free soft drinks and bottled water and entertainment. Rain or shine. No pets. $25 advance, $35 at the gate. 413 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. Visit

Daytona Beach — Here it’s all about bikes… and music and food and more. Biketoberfest is expected to attract 150,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Daytona Beach. The event, on Oct. 14-17 this year, features motorcycle shows and rallies, demonstration rides, on-track motorcycle action at the Daytona International Speedway. For details, visit or

Gainesville — The Greater Gator Beer Festival Part 2 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Magnolia Parke. Free unlimited samples of more than 100 beers plus free food samples from area restaurants as well as free soft drinks and bottled water with paid admission. Rain or shine. No pets. $25 advance, $35 at the gate. 4700 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville. Visit

If you plan on visiting any of these events and would like to take a few days to visit the theme parks, please call our office toll free at 1-877-406-4836 or just visit our web site by clicking here

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