If celebrating Oktoberfest means pulling a flat beer from the back of the fridge, it's time for an emergency remedial course in refined revelry. (First step: Put down the lite beer.) Instead of a booze-fueled free-for-all, Mill City Oktoberfest is more like a primer on proper holiday observance. Sprawling throughout the Mill City Museum, Market, and Ruin Courtyard, the event will feature a team of experts to school guests on celebrating as they do in Deutschland: Red Stag Supperclub will lead a German cooking demonstration, Northeast staple Kramarczuk's—though Ukrainian—will teach a lesson on sausage-making, and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Council will be on hand for a lesson on local beer, complete with samples. For those whose interest goes beyond simply imbibing, author Doug Hoverson will discuss the history of brewing in Minnesota. Traditional German food will augment the farmers' market's weekly convergence of local produce, and the Squires Band and Elk River German Band will provide accompaniment to the day's activities with the most divisive of all German imports: polka.
Sat., Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 2009