Germans are about as renowned for their sense of humor as they are for their mellifluous language, but the Black Forest Inn's cheeky twists on a traditional Oktoberfest have us reconsidering—about the sense of humor, anyway. The festival kicked off last week with toasts, a best wurst brat bar, and the crowning of the top Desperate Hausfrau, but there's much more to come. Following themed celebrations of all things Grimm and the roaring culture of prewar Berlin on Wednesday and Thursday nights respectively, der fine folks at the Black Forest finally get to the heart of German culture on Friday with David Hasselhoff Night. The Hoff will be a ubiquitous presence—in spirit, on TV, and crooning on the stereo, at least—all evening, while a Hoff-less band will provide live music. Saturday is the awesome and awesomely self-explanatory Fake German Accent Night, while Sunday features the observance of a genuine holiday, Reunification Day, which commemorates the rejoining of East and West Germany and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. They'll even have cards on hand for guests to send to long-lost friends and relatives, perhaps inspiring some personal reunions. It being Oktoberfest, of course, there will be plenty of beer on tap, drink specials, and prize giveaways nightly, as well as the restaurant's special Oktoberfest menu. Most events start between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each night. Visit www.blackforestinnmpls.com for a complete schedule.
Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m., 2009