10 shots: Eat the Street Oktoberfest

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img_7750One of the best-attended Eat the Street events of the year, Oktoberfest pulled out all the stops (pun intended) at Makers & Tasters Friday night. An expanded beer garden served up Goose Island Oktoberfest, Gordon Biersch Marzen and the usual bottles, a high-energy “German” band had the crowd dancing and food vendors offered traditional German fare like bratwurst and sauerkraut. Here are some of our favorite scenes and eats:

The custom ceramic stein that everyone wanted, but that sold out with pre-orders.

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Mike Lewis and his awesome “German” band, complete with amazing soprano vocalist, who kept the party going with traditional German tunes, toasts and fun classics including a crowd-pleasing Chicken Dance.

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These girls who dressed for the occasion.

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Packed beer tents, including a special expansion below the main beer garden where Goose Island Oktoberfest and Gordon Biersch Marzen were on tap.

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The beautiful bratwurst from featured vendor Deutschland 808.

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Bratwurst and sauerkraut with sriracha mustard sauce from KOI Market.

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The entire menu from Wurst Wagen. Seriously.

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These tiny dancers who regularly appear at the KRATER 96.3 tent.
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Five-0 Ribs reprising the sauerkraut, beer, German sausage and ribs stew that won them “Grinderz Choice: Best Beer Dish” two years ago.

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This meetup for shy people with similar interests, in the midst of the crowds.

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