The Oktoberfest dinner features a seasonal German menu. Here’s a dinner from a previous year. (Lutheran Church of Arcata — Contributed)
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The community is invited to the Lutheran Church of Arcata’s Oktoberfest German dinner on Oct. 27.

Now in its ninth year, this culinary event sells out early, so German food lovers and culinary tourists are encouraged to get their reservations as soon as possible by calling the Lutheran Church of Arcata at 707-822-5117 or emailing gwyn@lutheranchurcharcata.org.

Oktoberfest 2018 at the Lutheran Church of Arcata will feature an authentic seasonal German menu showcasing Sauerbraten beef roasts marinated for a week in a traditional wine-vinegar-spice brine; rich gingersnap gravy; homemade Spätzle (German pasta sautéed in European butter); sweet-and-sour red cabbage (Suss-saures Rotkraut); crisp and tangy German-style green salad with a sharp Bavarian vinaigrette; and garden-fresh bacon-pear green beans (Birnen, Bohnen, und Speck). Accompanying this meal will be a selection of freshly baked German breads, prepared especially for the dinner by Beck’s Bakery and crafted from all-organic, Humboldt County grown and locally ground grains. The breads, based on traditional German recipes, will be baked the morning of the event and, in addition to being served with the meal, loaves will be available for sale, while supplies last. Desserts include German Apfelstrudel and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake), as well as sundry other German pastries — all scratch made. To drink, an selection of imported German beers and wines will be available, as well as local fresh-pressed apple cider, coffee, tea and lemon-kissed ice water.

Lutheran Church of Arcata’s Oktoberfest celebration is a family friendly event. (Lutheran Church of Arcata — Contributed)

The Oktoberfest meal is served tableside, family style. Bavarian and fall-themed décor plus live accordion music complete the event’s festive Old World atmosphere. The reservation-only dinner will be presented in three seatings: 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

The requested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for students and kids. After expenses, funds raised at Oktoberfest 2018 will be dedicated to Christian service and outreach in the greater Humboldt County community.

The Lutheran Church of Arcata conceived its annual Oktoberfest event as way of reaching out to the community with hospitality while celebrating Lutheranism’s heritage, which got its start in Wittenberg, Germany, with Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, and the Reformation in the 16th Century. Lutheran churches across America generally commemorate the posting of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 with a “Reformation Sunday” each year in late October. All are welcome for the Lutheran Church of Arcata’s Reformation Service Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

A variety of desserts will be served at the church’s Oktoberfest celebration. (Lutheran Church of Arcata — Contributed)

The Lutheran Church of Arcata was dedicated in 1972, when Arcata’s first two Lutheran congregations, Our Redeemer’s and

Faith (both in Arcata since the early 1950’s), came together as one in a new church facility at the forest’s edge, near Arcata’s Redwood Park and the Humboldt State University campus.

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