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An Oktoberfest Experience in Tulsa 2019

Over the weekend, I went to Oktoberfest. This festival was so much more than beer, brats, and polka music. It was more fun than …

Beer Steins - Bratwurst with sauerkraut and brown mustard - Tulsa Oktoberfest 2019
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse – Beer & Brat – Tulsa, OK – Oktoberfest 2019

Authentic German Foods in Tulsa

It was lunchtime when we arrived. First stop, Siegi’s.

I ordered the spicy, chicken bratwurst on a bun. The sausage had a nice crisp snap to the casing and a delicious juicy center to the brat.

Sauerkraut was awesome. Brown mustard. Mmmm. This is the good stuff.  

Washed it down with Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse. Mighty tasty.

Looking for the best German restaurants in Tulsa? Scroll to the bottom of this page…

Ohhh… I ate a cherry strudel too. It was loaded with delicious powdered sugar. See the picture below…

Strudel - Oktoberfest in Oklahoma - Saturday, 10-20-2019
Cherry & Bavarian Cream Strudel

The Chicken Dance: Punk Meets Polka

We were entertained by 3 extremely different polka bands (even though they all played The Chicken Dance at least once).

Of course, Christi forced me to do the chicken dance with her. I didn’t really dance. I stood next to her and hoisted my stein a few times.

My favorite band was the last band we saw. This was not your average Oom Pah Pah band. I’m calling them a “Punk Polka” band. Keep reading to find out why…

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On the stage, the band members were dressed in orange jumpsuits. They start playing a familiar song. I’m not sure what it is. Then I realize it’s Lady Ga Ga’s “Poker Face.” Punk Polka-style.

Several toddlers, two girls in their twenties, and a down syndrome dude were on the dance floor in front of a slew of picnic tables.

Our down syndrome dude power danced. Facing the crowd. He commanded the room. Looking like Henry Rollins. Fierce. Enjoying his time in the spotlight.

Glockenspiel performance - Oktoberfest 2019 - Tulsa, OK
Glockenspiel Performance – Oktoberfest 2019

Okies, Lederhosen, and Alpine Hats

Okies decked-out in lederhosen and felt alpine fedoras surrounded us. All swilling Bavarian brews.

At our table, both a Grandma and Grandpa had rubber chickens drooping over their hair. Grandpa also wore a red Wisconsin badger shirt and sported a twirling handle-bar mustache. His daughter, a young mother, wore a nicely aged Green Bay Packer tee.

Grandpa whirled his giggling granddaughter around the dance floor.

At the back of the tent, 3-frat boys and two dudes in 80s hair band attire – mullets and all — danced on top of a table. Across the table from me, two young Asian men shared a paper plate piled high with French fries — bobbing their heads in time to the music.

Downtown Tulsa - View from the west bank of the Arkansas river
Downtown Tulsa – View from the west bank of the Arkansas River

All-in-all, it was a wonderful way to spend an October Saturday on the west bank of the Arkansas.

German Dining Year-Round in Tulsa

Here are the two best restaurants in Tulsa for German food:

Both are great choices. Margaret’s is in the Farm Shopping center. If you’re looking for that family-owned authentic German feel. This is it.

Siegi’s is in the heart of South Tulsa. Good beer selection. Great sausage selection too. Includes a German market. Fun place to go on a Saturday afternoon.

Warning: Both Margaret’s and Siegi’s are closed on Sundays.

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