Central PA Tasting Trail’s Oktoberfest debuts at Grange Park on October 16

– by Cara Aungst

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Come out on October 16 for Central PA Tasting Trail’s first ever Oktoberfest. It will be a day full of live music, food vendors and brews from tasting trail members as well as local breweries from surrounding counties.

Here’s what you need to know about this not-to-be-missed event:

It’s at the Grange. “Oktoberfest will capitalize on a few things: the absolute beauty of Centre County in the Fall and our ability to offer PA products at the Grange area,” says Celesta Powell, Manager Director for the Tasting Trail. “You’ll be able to enjoy beer from our amazing tasting trail members as well as four breweries that are located in the surrounding counties.”

This is the first time the historic Grange Park will host an event of this type that highlights PA alcohol products.

You’ll be drinking for a great cause. The Tussey Mountain Alpine Racing Team will be doing parking for a suggested $5 donation, and Central PA Tasting Trail has partnered with United Way to share 50% of profits from the event.

It’s a day full of keg tapping, music playing, brew sampling FUN.

The day starts with a 5k aptly named Beer Run (register here) open to all walkers and runners over 21.

At noon, music will kick off, with appearances by Hannah Bingam; Bisquit Jam; Ramalama; Wicked Chicken; Alpine Dave Kline and his Mtn Folk Trio; Caledonia; the Donny Burns Duo and Lowjack.

From there it’s on to experience the brews. With your event passport ticket, you’ll receive a gift along with a mini passport to sample from each brewery:

  • Otto's
  • Axemann
  • Elk Creek
  • Robin Hood Brewing Co.
  • Shy Bear Brewing
  • JackAss Brewing Co.
  • Juniata Brewing Company
  • Iron Pint Brewing

You can also sample from cideries Good Intent, Keewaydin, and 814 Cider Works. Have a glass from wineries Seven Mountains, Happy Valley Winery, Mt. Nittany Vineyards, and University Wine Company, and enjoy offerings from distilleries Barrel 21 and Big Spring Spirits. (Designated driver or prefer not to drink? There will be a designated driver tent available with flavorful mocktails and root beer.)

You can end your night with a classic Grange twist: by camping in their encampment sites. RV sites are $40 each (30 amp service) and include electric and water. No tents. Fires are prohibited but gas grills are permitted. Pets are welcome and must be on a controlled leash at all times. All camping sales are final. To reserve a spot, call 814-380-1893.

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Make a night of it with a hotel and shuttle package. Lion Country Lodging is offering an Oktoberfest package that includes one night at Super 8, two passes to Oktoberfest, and a shuttle to and from the event for only $150 plus taxes and fees. Book here!

Watch for more details, including shuttle locations and times, closer to the event. Order your tickets here.

“Come out for a day of great music, great activities and a great time enjoying fall in Happy Valley,” Powell says. “Prost!”

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events