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Oktoberfest Brings German Spirit to Monterey B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S F ans of Bavarian food, drink and music will find plenty of reasons to say "Prost!" when Monterey Bay Oktoberfest returns to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center on October 1 and 2, 2016. The event, hosted by Andre and Nargis Lengacher of Carmel's Lugano Swiss Bistro, offers an expanded schedule packed with fes- tivities. In addition to live music by several bands, including Allgau Yetis, a 13-piece group from Germany, there will be dancing, Dachshund races, car displays and a parade. Miss Oktoberfest and Jr. Miss Oktoberfest pageants take place on Saturday afternoon. "It's a great community affair. Many people come dressed in their lederhosen or dirndl, and it's all very festive," says Nargis. German beer remains a big draw, too, with pours by Spaten, Hofbrau and others avail- able for purchase. Food vendors will ser ve authentic German and American treats, and some 50 craftspeople will sell their work. Parents can expect bounce houses, a carousel and children's games. The Lengachers believe that this inclusive approach contributes to the success of the annual event, which raised more than $15,000 for local charities last year. "It brings family and friends together every year," Andre says. For more information on Monterey Bay Oktoberfest 2016, held on October 1-2nd, or to purchase discounted advance tickets, visit SHORTCUTS EVENTS Andre (back left in hat) and Nargis Lengacher of Carmel's Lugano Swiss Bistro host the popular Monterey Bay Oktoberfest during the weekend of October 1-2. 72 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6 Photo: James Chang

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