First Kitsap Oktoberfest hoists a few for Central Kitsap Food Bank

Visitors at the Kitsap Oktoberfest last month soak in the sun and suds. Organizers say next year’s event is already gaining steam. - Courtesy photo
Visitors at the Kitsap Oktoberfest last month soak in the sun and suds. Organizers say next year’s event is already gaining steam.
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The numbers tell the story:

-A quarter mile of bratwurst

-About 5,000 pints of beer

-Much more lederhosen than usually seen this side of Munich.

Nearly $22,000 and 1,175 pounds of donated food was raised for the Central Kitsap Food Bank at the Kitsap Oktoberfest last month, a one-day fundraiser that drew 5,000 thirsty souls, twice the number organizers expected.

“It was awe-inspiring to see the local community come together to support those less fortunate,” food bank Executive Director Hoyt Burrows said in a statement.

Due to the unexpected demand, many of the participating craft breweries had to head back to the cold storage to retrieve more beer, the statement said. Altogether, visitors to the Kitsap Mall parking lot knocked back 40 kegs in 10 hours. And even after reinforcements were brought in, beer sold out an hour before last call at 9 p.m.

Kitsap Oktoberfest wasn’t just about beer. Local wine, cider and food were in the mix, as well as live music, carnival games and Oktoberfest-inspired pastimes like a beer stein race and a bratwurst eating contest.

Seven West Sound craft breweries served a variety of Bavarian-inspired handcrafted beers and food including Silver City Brewery, from Silverdale and Bremerton, Hale’s Ales, from Seattle and Silverdale, Der Blokken Brewery, from Bremerton, Hood Canal Brewery, from Kingston, Port Townsend Brewery, from Port Townsend, Grove Street Brewhouse, from Shelton and ValHoll Brewing, from Poulsbo. Local handcrafted cider was available from Wildfire Cider of Port Townsend, and a selection of local wines were available from Hoodsport Winery of Hoodsport.

The Central Kitsap Reporter was the event’s media sponsor.

The Central Kitsap Food Bank, open since 1989, has served 612, 226 pounds of food to more than 24,000 individuals in 7,269 Kitsap households.

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