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Schnitzel Garten to Host Sixth-Annual Oktoberfest in Eagle


Oktoberfest, both in the German state of Bavaria and at Courtland Hugues' German restaurant Schnitzel Garten in Eagle, is less a festival than a miniature season, stretching for more than two weeks. But instead of a focus on the weather, its hallmarks are traditional food, live music, raucous dancing and, of course, tankard after tankard of old-style German beer.

For Schnitzel Garten's sixth-annual Oktoberfest event—slated to run Saturday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Oct. 7, from noon to close every day but Mondays—Hugues is planning a festival that is "just what you would get at the Oktoberfest in Munich," his home city.

"We'll be decorated, dancing on the tables, polka, basically the whole thing. It's always fun here, we're packed every year," he said.

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ervers in lace-front dirndl dresses will keep the crowd well-lubricated with imported German beers, and the kitchen will turn out a veritable feast of traditional favorites to replace the restaurant's usual menu, including house-made bratwursts; bretzels (Bavarian pretzels); schnitzels; Oktoberfest chickens and whole bone-in pork shanks with sides of mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and beer gravy—"just for starters," as Hugues put it. Flame bread, a house favorite, will also be available for snacking.

"A flame bread is basically a flatbread with bacon and onion over our creme fraiche we make [in-house], topped off in the oven with Swiss cheese," Hugues explained. "It's absolutely amazing."

Live music acts, including accordion players Sharon and Don Murray and klezmer band The Moody Jews of Boise, will provide the tunes most evenings, but both patio and indoor tables fill up quickly—be sure to snag reservations if you're planning to take your stomach on a German tour.