Oktoberfest is here and in full swing in Breslau, where the Sava Club is hosting its 45th Oberkrainer Haus this weekend, with beer, music, dancing, food and contests to celebrate all things Bavarian.
Everyone is invited to munch on some schnitzel, sip from a stein and dance the polka on Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Magda Razpotnik is a member at the club, organizing events and getting the word out about the fun and festivities at this year’s Oberkrainer Haus, creating a gemuetlichkeit – a welcoming and friendly environment.
“It appeals to everyone. On the Saturday night, we are packed in here. We have students partying with the 80-year-olds, believe it or not,” she said.
There are two dance groups joining the party, putting on a show of traditional and authentic Bavarian dance styles. First up, the Schuhplattlers and Folk Dancers. The group calls the Sava Club home throughout the year, but now, it is time to share their dancing with the crowds of Oktoberfest.
“They are the authentic, they have been to Europe, they run with the best of them, and they have that younger, fresher image. They entertain as well as just playing music for dancing, and they can shift to modern music. The music is very energetic, it’s dynamic, it appeals to all ages,” said Razpotnik. “You really get the experience. The hall is totally decked out, it is decorated in that Oktoberfest style. It is an all-out authentic and exciting experience and that is what we are going for.”
The Schuhplattlers and Folk Dancers perform a kind of dance called slap dancing, which Razpotnik says people see and think of Bavarian traditions.
“They are known for that,” she said. “Folk dancing in general has mass appeal. People love to watch folk dancing. It is something that I have been involved in in my youth growing up in Chicago. They love the choreography and the formations. I think it is the energy and the positivity and the happiness. That is what gets people up and moving. You can sit there and listen to great music and you will tap your feet, but when that group comes out, there is some kind of base appeal – human nature – that just seems to bring it out from a person.”
Along with dancing and music, there will be eats and contests for guests to get involved in.
“We have the yodeling contests, can you dance like a Schuhplattlers contest, a polka contest, a stein holding contest, and much more,” she said.
Dinner will also be served in traditional Bavarian style with crispy schnitzel, savoury goulash, sausages and apple strudel, all prepared in house by a team led by Chef Kristina.
Oberkrainer Haus tickets for Friday, Oct. 15 are $14 each and can be bought until 8 p.m. the day of. Saturday tickets are $16 each. Tickets, of which there are only 200 each night, can be bought at store.kwoktoberfest.ca.