by disillusioned local
How do you say, “bah humbug!” in German? That’s my attitude about the most recent event in downtown OB this past weekend that was labeled “Oktoberfest.”
Was this an Oktoberfest or just another street fair at the end of Newport? Nothing seemed like Oktoberfest. This event was no different from any other street fair at the bottom of Newport. The charity is the same, the cost is the same, the crowd is the same…the only thing different is that this is called “Oktoberfest”.
Am I mistaken, or isn’t Oktoberfest supposed to be something like a beer and food tasting with variety in both beer and food? What were there, like 4 kinds of beer? And not all of them were German….Karl Strauss, despite the name, is from San Diego..
I wish it was back in Dusty Rhoads Park where there were tents for all tastes of music/beer and space for rides.
And speaking of music, why must I wait in line for 30+ minutes and then pay 3 bucks to enter, and then fork out another 6 bucks for beer? I thought this was a community event. Why place the stage where only the beer garden can view it? This event could be so much better with proper planning etc.
I’ve had neighbors tell me in the past that they stopped going to these events because of how much you end up spending……and the money doesn’t even end up in OB. I can’t exactly go along with that, because my understanding is that one of the groups that usually raises funds is a cheerleading group from Pt. Loma….but it would be nice if maybe we could have some of those 6 dollar, 8 ounce beer profits being directed even a little bit back into the community.
Does anyone know how the profits are distributed? Where do the donations go? Does OBMA get any of it? And lastly, how come this Oktoberfest had such a lack of variety in beer?
I am one person who may not enjoy the fact that people come in from all over San Diego for the event, but that should say something about how popular OB street fests are. We should be happy that folks from other neighborhoods – even PB – come into our litle Hamlet and pump money into the economy.
But again, I wonder why OB Elementary or friends of the library (lets not forget, OB’s library will be on the chopping block again shortly….) or something like that isn’t one of the charities that reigns it in during these events. Could someone set that record straight please?
I’m in no way condoning the fact that people not from OB treat it like hell when they’re here – but I don’t necessarily think the festivities were altered very much by their presence. What I am more concerned about than non-locals invading an event here, is the fact that the event itself was a cookie cutter spitting image of every other street fest I’ve been to here. As my next door neighbor said as I was walking down the alley on my way over there, “Been to one, been to ‘em all”.
Maybe there’s a reason its less and less catered to OBceans and more catered to other folks: theres nothing special about it that makes it a uniquely local event.