Oktoberfest brings German flair to Chattanooga Market

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The annual Oktoberfest is underway this weekend.

The event kicked-off at the Chattanooga Market, and brought in German flair.

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Chattanooga’s Oktoberfest comes complete with German food, German traditions, music and beer.

“The beer, the brats, ah well my family is German so it’s just a little part of the heritage,” said festival goer Austin Lechner.

The event brought out a crowd on Saturday.

An October German celebration that normally sees about 25,000 people during the two day affair.

“It’s definitely one of our favorite events here, and so we’re really hoping to have a good turn out for it,” said Steve Brehm, operations manager for the Chattanooga Market.

Anna Wiser and her friends came out, enjoying their time with a little German food and beer.

“It’s a lot of fun. A lot of people, a lot of different shops, good environment – family oriented, a bunch of kids around. It’s been a lot of fun!” Wiser said.

Wander Lenger Brewing Company set up shop during the festival.

They’re a brewing company started by Chattanooga residents and working on getting a tap room open.

Saturday, they were serving up some of their own home brews.

“On tap, I have a fest beer which is a golden German lager – low hops kinda easy drinking when it’s hot. And we have an alt beer which is a German amber ale. It’s a little bit hoppier, but it’s not hoppy on the scale of an IPA,” Wander Lenger Brewer President Michael Dial explained.

Oktoberfest at the market bringing in the locals and good times with a German twist.