August 31, 2011
When Bo Jackson starred in multiple sports two decades ago, Nike ran a famous commercial in which fellow athletes touted his eclectic knowledge - "Bo knows baseball," "Bo knows football" and so on. If Old World Village ever runs an ad campaign for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, it may want to call it "Herb Knows. " The Herb in question is Herbert Schwarz, a.k.a. the Herbmeister, who has served as Oktoberfest master of ceremonies for 29 years. To name a few: Herb knows the donkey song.
September 30, 2004
It's as much an institution in Surf City as the U.S. Open of Surfing or the Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, only quirkier. Oktoberfest in Old World Village is a 26-year tradition that celebrates a nearly 200-year-old holiday commemorating the Oct. 12, 1810 wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig, who later become King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The residents of Munich were all invited to attend the festivities held at a large meadow.
October 9, 2003
Mary Furr Just beyond the roar of the San Diego Freeway, behind the old Huntington Mall, a fat tortoise cat sleeps on the cobblestone walk of Old World Village. The astringent aroma of sauerbraten hangs in the air around the Einbecker Inn. At Einbecker, two small dining rooms are surrounded by an outdoor patio with tables and umbrellas. It's perfect autumn weather -- time to celebrate Oktoberfest. This day, my lunch choice is an old favorite -- the Einbecker Plate ($6.25)
September 14, 2000
-- ROSEANNA MAHLER HUNTINGTON BEACH -- For almost 190 years, Germans have gathered for drinking, dancing and merrymaking during Oktoberfest -- one of the world's longest running annual parties. And the Old World Village in Huntington Beach is no exception. Beginning Sunday, and running through Oct. 29, the annual Oktoberfest will be held in the heart of the village at 7561 Center St. Those attending can listen to an oompah band flown in from Germany or participate in such contests as beer stein-holding, yodeling and beer drinking.
September 14, 2006
It's back — beer, people dressed in lederhosen, dachshund races — and more beer. Yes, Oktoberfest has returned to the Old World Village in Huntington Beach, and the city is more than ready for it. The fest opened Sept. 10 and will continue through Oct. 29, with free admission Wednesdays and Thursdays and family Sundays. The rest of the weekend, though, goes to the over-21 crowd. Bring the kids by from 2 to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays for bounce houses, dog races and carnival fun at Kinderfest.
September 26, 2002
Jose Paul Corona Upbeat music and the smell of bratwurst fill the air in the quaint little German village that's nestled between Golden West College and the San Diego Freeway. Older men in suits, young men in shorts and flip-flops, families and young women out for a girls' night on the town all sing along and dance to the music being played by the oompah-pa band high up onstage at the Oktoberfest festivities at Old World Village. On a weekend night they all crowd into the cavernous dance floor and dining hall to listen to the band, dressed in the traditional German lederhosen, sing the Village People's "YMCA" and Doris Day's "Que Sera, Sera" while throwing back some good German beers.
September 1, 2010
Old World Restaurant is celebrating two milestones this weekend — the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest and the 29th anniversary of the Chicken Dance. Two hundred years ago, the world-famous German festival was born when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and put on elaborate festivities to celebrate their wedding. In the late 1970s, the German-themed restaurant in Huntington Beach launched its own Oktoberfest every fall — and in 1981, it added a twist to the celebration, courtesy of a Dutch band that had recently played in Germany before stopping in Surf City.
September 10, 2008
After spending a day at the Old World Village, I have had a change of heart on a few things. One: I don’t just like bratwurst; I heart bratwurst. Two: Polka is a beautiful dance, especially after three shots of Rumple Minze (peppermint schnapps). Three: Every woman should own a traditional Dirndl dress, mainly because it makes men stutter and then go mute. I swore this year would be the year I would finally participate in the Oktoberfest celebrations that have happened every year at this Huntington Beach Bavarian village since it opened in 1978.
September 23, 2004
Dave Brooks Trying to make sense of two 80-year-old gymnasts performing in the beer hall, Sean Pasco took a cue from his fellow revelers and found his clarity at the end of a plastic beer cup. "You know you could try to wrap you're mind around this place all you want, but it won't start to make sense until you're a little loaded," he admitted. "The whole point is to be drunk." Bavarian historians might have a few bones with Pasco's characterization of Oktoberfest, but it seemed to fit the atmosphere at the Old World Village shopping center where Pasco and friends were celebrating the nearly 200-year-old holiday with an odd array of entertainment and revelry.