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Celebrate German Culture at the 16th Annual Biergarten Festival in Morrison, CO

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Denver travelers looking for an authentic German experience without the hassle of a long plane ride need look no further than Morrison, Colorado for the 16th Annual Biergarten Festival. Enjoy Live Music, Authentic German Bier, Food, Dancing, Schuhplattlers and lots of “Kinder” Activities this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, 2012.

The Colorado Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) is proud to present its family-friendly16th annual Biergarten Festival. This cultural event is a celebration of the culture of Germany by offering traditional German food, entertainment, music, dance groups, and beer. Open to the public, the Biergarten Festival promises a family-friendly atmosphere as if you’ve traveled thousands of miles to the German homeland.

“It is a great opportunity for Coloradans to be a German for a day or two practicing their German language skills and enjoying a strong German atmosphere” according to Jesse Young, president of the GACC.

Award-winning Ft. Collins Chef Neuhold and his crew will provide authentic German cuisine – weiner schnitzel anyone? Chef Neuhold also shared his cuisine with 60,000 during the 2011 Denver Christkindl Market.

A perfect German festival requires the perfect bier pairing, and during Morrison’s 16th annual Biergarten Festival, hundreds of festival attendees can pair their German cuisine with German beer at an authentic “biergarten.” The festival’s bier of choice is Paulaner, a brew dating back to 1634. Paulaner beer (www.Paulaner.com) is brewed only in Munich and under current German law is still required to meet stringent brewing standards from the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law.

The family-oriented festival offers children the chance to learn and try German games, including Eierlaufen (egg races), Sacklaufen (sack race), Ringhuepfen (ring hopping race) and Torwandschiessen. “Fussball” (soccer) fans can meet the Colorado Rapids street team and their mascot.

Entertainment includes traditional German music including the award-winning TEV Edelweiss Schuhplattler dancers (traditional Bavarian dancers).

According to the 2000 census, Colorado’s population includes 22 percent Germans. As a fundraiser for GACC programs, the Biergarten Festival mimics the traditional Biergartens of 19th century southern Germany.

WHAT: 16th Annual Biergarten Festival for Live Music, Authentic German Bier, Food, Dancing, Schuhplattlers and lots of “Kinder” Activities

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, July 13-14, 2012
Friday, July 13th 4pm – 10pm
Saturday, July 14th 11am – 10pm

WHERE: Location is the TEV Edelweiss Pavilion, at 17832 Highway 8, Morrison.

COST: $12 for an ADULT two-day pass, or $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday. Children under 12 years are free. Advance ticket purchases are available at www.BiergartenFest.com.

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