Food outshines German beers at long-running Lodi Oktoberfest
Louis Ettlin, left, and Mary Reichmuth, center, are served traditional German food during the Oktoberfest celebration at American Legion Hall on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. This year, the Lodi Tokay Rotary is back, serving up the same specialties on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013.
- Oktoberfest at a glance
The Lodi-Tokay Rotary Oktoberfest is on Oct 26 at the American Legion Hall, at 320 N. Washington St.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and runs $20 per plate. Children six and under are free. Drink tickets are a dollar each. Drinks and shots are four to five tickets each. Soda and water are two tickets.
Live music performed by the Gruber Family Band. The official Oktoberfest Ceremony begins at 6 p.m.
All event proceeds will go to benefit the Lodi Boys and Girls Club Technology Center.
- Oktoberfest by the numbers
These are the quantities of food Mike Bennett orders to fill every plate for the annual Oktoberfest dinner run by the Lodi Tokay Rotary Club.
300 chicken breast
130 pounds of potatoes (cooked)
80 pounds of cabbage
12 pounds sugar
1 pound of salt
4 bottles white wine
1 quart of capers
Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 7:30 am
With so many Lodi residents sharing a deep German heritage, it’s no surprise this month’s calendar is dotted with Oktoberfest dinners and celebrations. Party goers quaff steins of dark German beer, wearing lederhosen and dirndl dresses. The beer might be a major focus, but at the Lodi-Tokay Rotary’s Oktoberfest, it’s really about the food.
Mike Bennett, a longtime Rotarian, has run the kitchen for the largest iteration of this annual party in Lodi for eight years.
Food & Wine
Friday, October 18, 2013 7:30 am.