Elks to host Oktoberfest

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 19, the Ashland Elks Lodge parking lot at the corner of Lithia Way and First Street in downtown Ashland will be transformed into a Oktoberfest biergarten serving authentic German fare with a decidedly local twist.

All the bratwurst, sauerkraut and beers will be from businesses based in Southern Oregon.

Taylor sausages from Grants Pass, Pickled Planet from Ashland and local microbreweries — Southern Oregon Brewing (Medford), Ninkasi (Eugene) and Caldera Brewing Company (Ashland) — will all feature brews at the event.

The Rogue Valley Sauerkrauts, a polka band subset of the Southern Oregon Concert Band, will play from noon to 3 p.m. and food and drink will be available until 4 p.m.

"Celebrating local food, brews and businesses go together like a braut and beer," said Oktoberfest coordinator Criss Garcia.

"Local people are in greater need than ever before, and if we can find a way to help them by enjoying local products that support local businesses, its a win-win-win situation."

Pickled Planet owner Courtlandt Jennings added, "Supporting local businesses helps everyone."

Proceeds from the food and beverage sales will benefit Elks charities.

There is no charge for admission and families are welcome. For more information, call the Ashland Elks Lodge at 482-3911.

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