I nearly sideswiped one of those tiny little Fiats while rubbernecking the billboard above. At first glance I thought The Onion had purchased adspace in Silver Lake (and in fact, The Onion did take the opportunity to poke fun at the announcement earlier last month), but apparently this event is really happening during the first week of October.

Oktoberfest began back in 1810 celebrating the marriage of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, and Angelenos long ago adopted the holiday as a great excuse to indulge in wursts, sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage, onions, pretzels, and Germany’s liquid finest by the stein en masse, all served annually over at the Southbay’s Alpine Village for the last 47 years and running. This year Vegan Oktoberfest promises to offer an “authentic Oktoberfest celebration” equivalent for the meat-free set (”authentic” if you consider meat a non-essential component of what is traditionally a very protein-centric festivity).

Bavarian-themed offerings from the likes of Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, Urban Pie Mobile Pizzeria, Southern Fried Vegan, Babycakes, and Kind Kreme will be served accompanied by traditional German oompah bands and holiday accoutrements. Hearty carb-heavy fare goes down well with beer or cider, and Vegan Oktoberfest plans to quench those desires with a selection of craft brews from nineteen breweries to choose from, many of California origin. A $45 general admission tickets is pretty hefty, but buys attendees unlimited beer from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m, including a souvenir stein to memorialize their Clark Griswold Westside Vacation

Vegan Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 4, 2014
12 p.m.-6 p.m.
2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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