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Saengerrunde Hall Hosts Inagural AustOberFest

Event at historic German venue offers beer, sausages, and live music

By Virginia B. Wood, 1:00PM, Fri. Sep. 27, 2013

Austinites have been enjoying music, beer, food, and fellowship on the grounds of the legendary Scholz Garten and Saengerrunde Hall (1607 San Jacinto) for nearly 150 years, and this weekend is no different. The first annual AustOberFest features live music, German beer, and great sausages, all to benefit Foodways Texas.


Saengerrunde Hall is the home of Austin's oldest ethnic organization, a singing society formed by German immigrants in 1879. The members enjoyed drinking and socializing at Scholz Garten and purchased the hall and bowling alley in 1908. It seems only fitting that this iconic venue should become the go-to spot for events involving Foodways Texas, a cultural non-profit dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the diverse food cultures of Texas.

The first annual AustOberFest is a German Oktoberfest-style event, featuring sausages and side dishes from Taylor Cafe and Louie Mueller Barbecue from Taylor, Black's Barbecue from Lockhart, Southside Market and Meyer's Sausage from Elgin, Opa's Smoked Meats from Fredericksburg, plus La Barbecue, Frank, Salty Sow, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and School House Pub of Austin. The sausages and sides will be complemented by excellent German breads from Austin's Easy Tiger Bake-Shop and German beers will be flowing.

It wouldn't be Austin or a German-style party without live music, and that portion of the entertainment will be provided by the White Ghost Shivers, Possum Posse, Off the Grid (polkas !), and Patrick's Beard. Both the historic bowling alley and comfortable roof-top biergarten will be available for enjoyment.

The price for all this fantastic food and fall frivolity is a ridiculously reasonable $35. It's a first come, first served event where the food is concerned and you must be 21 or older in order to drink. Purchase tickets here.

AustOberFest Saturday, September 28 1-6pm

Saengerrunde Hall 1607 San Jacinto

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