German? Perfect. Not German? No problem.
The Brentwood Business Owners Association and Economic Development South present the 7th Annual Oktoberfest Street Fair (open to all) near the intersection of Brownsville Road and Sankey Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The fair not only celebrates German heritage—highlighting food, beer and music—but it also allows businesses and other organizations in the Brownsville Road/Sankey Avenue Business District to showcase themselves, said John F. Slater of the John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood Borough.
Slater is helping to organize the fair, which will take place on the border of Brentwood and Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood.
Starting at 5 p.m., workers at the Stewart Avenue Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2810 Brownsville Rd. will serve a German-style dinner. Bill Thomas, a trustee at the church, said that the dinner will cost $8 per plate. Dinner includes iced tea and dessert.
"They'll serve food until they run out," Slater said, noting a first-come first-served policy.
A live band will play traditional German-American music from 5:30 to 7:30 in the parking lot of the Burger King at 2900 Brownsville. Alpen Glow, which has performed at locations such at Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh, is the name of the band.
Slater said that no roads will be closed during the fair and that "traffic adds to the festivities" since many people get off of at their bus stop near Sankey Avenue and join in on the fun.
When the band finishes playing at 7:30, the winning tickets for somewhere between five and 10 raffle prizes will be drawn. Local businesses will raffle off packages containing beer, food and other prizes. A 50-50 winner will also be selected.
Local pubs and other vendors in the area will have items for sale throughout the celebration. Some vendors—such as Rowdy BBQ Take-Out & Catering, which will smoke sausages and other food, and Partyline Catering Deli & Bakery, which will boast cobbler and other goods—will set up along the street.
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