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The Homestead – Oktoberfest – October 4 – 7, 2012

In 1810, the Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Bavaria. The party they held was so popular that they decided to repeat it every year. Here at The Homestead, we want to celebrate what Oktoberfest has come to stand for: an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the bounty of the fall with good company, good food, and good beer.

From October 4th to October 7th, we’ll be doing just that, with a series of events designed to pay tribute both to German traditions and to our own local harvest. Beer lovers will want to arrive for Nonna’s Beer Tasting from 6-8pm on the 4th. Guests will sample a variety of the best local and international beers, all carefully chosen and presented by The Homestead.

The following night (Friday, October 5th), Nonna’s will host a Beer Dinner featuring the micro-brews from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, carefully matched to a variety of dishes by Executive Chef John Piombo. Beer dinner $65 per person, plus gratuity and tax.

On Saturday, October 6th, Chef Piombo, who trained in Germany as well as Italy, France, and the United States, will offer a cooking demonstration where guests will learn about charcuterie (the craft of smoking, salting, and curing meats). Demonstration is $50 per person, plus gratuity and tax.

On Sunday, October 7th, round out the weekend with some traditional fare such as Weisswurst and soft pretzels, while admiring a variety of vintage cars on the lawn of The Inn. The car show and cook-out from 11am to 4pm. Show participants may register the day of the event for $10 per vehicle which includes lunch.

Weekend lodging packages available including lodging, breakfast buffet each morning, beer dinner and charcuterie demonstration. For availability and reservations, call 231.334.5100.

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