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Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets

Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets

Posted by Aimee Talbot on 30th Sep 2013

Newberry Oktoberfest is the best Oktoberfest in the whole of South Carolina, in my opinion! You might say I’m biased as Newberry is our hometown but there’s a reason why Newberry is known as the City of Friendly Folks. We’re a small community of around 10,000 and it’s one of those old-fashioned places where everyone is quick to wave and smile and stop for a chat. And boy, do we ever enjoy a rousing oompah party!  If you ever come to Newberry Oktoberfest, you’ll see for yourself.
Newberry Oktoberfest
Newberry Oktoberfest is always held on the first Saturday in October on Main Street in the historic Downtown district. Pop by and see us at the EuroLux Antiques gallery right on Main Street. We’re hard to miss, in an Art Deco building dating to 1910, with a big sign that says “Antiques.” The 2013 event is on October 5 from 10 am to 5 pm, followed by an evening free outdoor concert.

OktoberfestBoothsThe celebration of Newberry’s German heritage packs Downtown with crowds of people browsing tons of arts and crafts vendors and enjoying delicious food. The 3 Dot Polka Band kicks off the live music at 10 am, followed by more musical entertainment from bluegrass to blues.

Newberry Oktoberfest Classic Car show
Children’s activities include inflatables and other fun in the Kids’ Zone. This year the  Columbia Marionette Theatre gives free puppet shows at the historic Newberry Ritz Theatre. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the new video game truck near the Newberry County Courthouse and by the annual Classic Car Show next to Memorial Park.

is a new addition this year, starting at 7:30 pm in Astwood Park opposite the Courthouse. We’ll all be dancing the night away at the free rock concert featuring Tom Mackell of Charleston and the Rival Brothers of Columbia.

Newberry Oktoberfest foodOf course, you can’t have Oktoberfest without a lavish spread of German food and a Biergarten! Pile up your plate with bratwurst, schnitzel, German potato salad and sauerkraut. Try to leave some space for the oh-so-moreish home-baked goods.



EuroLuxBeerSteinsWash it all down with a celebratory brew from the large selection of domestic and German beers in the Biergarten at the Newberry Opera House. If you don’t have your own beer stein or tankard, maybe you’ll find one you like in our collection of vintage barware.

Local chefs will also be cooking up delectable German dishes in demos on the culinary stage. Gasthaus zur Elli has been one of the top 5 German restaurants in America for some years and I promise that this German restaurant in Prosperity truly deserves the kudos! So don’t miss a chance to pick up some tips when Gausthaus Zur Elli chef Wendy Steiner gives a cooking demo at 1:30 pm.

Newberry Oktoberfest Liver NipsThe big question is: Who will will the Liver Nips Cook-Off? I have to confess I’m not a huge fan of liver nips. (I’m originally from Florida – we have our own odd local delicacies.) But the liver nips contest is an annual tradition hosted by the Newberry Chamber of Commerce and we take the liver nips rivalry very seriously. So seriously, the winner walks away with a $250 prize. If you don’t know what liver nips are, you can make their acquaintance at the cook-off at 11:30 am. Or if you can’t visit Newberry Oktoberfest, find recipes for the South Carolina delicacy here.

Happy Newberry Oktoberfest and Prost!


Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.