Pat Shingleton: "A Festival in October"
For 16 years, Richard and Brenda Netzberger delighted thousands by presenting a marvelous Oktoberfest for Baton Rouge. Their event embraced the tradition of the harvest with Wurstel or sausage, Brezel or pretzels, Reiberdatschi or potato pancakes and Blaukraut or red cabbage. Their respective business commitments are now fond memories. On October, 12 1810, citizens of Munich, Germany were invited to attend the reception of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony. The event was held in front of the city gates and for 203 years Oktoberfest has become a sixteen-day festival that showcases the harvest. The remaining Octoberfests in the area include the Deutsches Haus in Kenner held every weekend through October 27th. The Taste of Bavaria in Ponchatoula offers German fare.