Went to the Mt Angel Oktoberfest. (Pictures, etc, at link below.) Never realized how truly massive the thing is. A constant sea of people. Coming up to the Woodburn, there were literally a hundred or more motor homes pulling small SUVs exiting. (We skipped on down to Keizer, which was much easier.)
We got lucky on parking. Someone nearby (ie, less than a half mile) was pulling out and we snagged their spot. We came across the crafts first and quickly surveyed them. A bit disappointing that there weren't more German crafts, but also understandable. It can't be easy finding German artisans.
I was there for the food though and there was plenty of it. Again I was dissapointed to see the many non-German offerings. Fish tacos, burritos, pizza, pita -- that ain't German food and doesn't belong, imo, at an Oktoberfest. But they were proportionally fewer than the non-German crafts -- and much less busy than the German food vendors.
We ate several courses of sausage, the best of which were actually meatballs. Our favorite were the sauerbraten: meatballs braised in a sweet and sour sauce. Wonderful layers of flavor. The Bavarian meatballs had a nice crisp shell and tasty mixture of sausage, cream cheese, etc, inside.
We also got some very good potato pancakes, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and a warm potato salad, like chunks of spuds in a sauce of its own broken-down starch.
The best dessert item were these "doughboys" -- freshly made doughnuts, fried and filled with raspberry sauce (that thankfully wasn't overly sweet).
Enjoyable couple hours really. Would have liked to try more if I had the stomach space. (And there was more we tried, just not really worth mentioning here.)
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