14 oktobeerfestEditors Note: Due to Hurricane FLorence this event has been cancelled. 

A touch of Germany is coming to Hope Mills later this month as the Boarding House Treasures & Tea Room on Ellison Street holds its first ever Oktoberfest Beer and Brat Bash. 

Owner Carla Welsh got the idea for the event after frequent visits to the town of Helen, Georgia, which she said is built around German culture and even includes German architecture, shops and food. 

“It’s about as close as you can get to the real Oktoberfest,’’ Welsh said. “They start Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 15 and it goes a month and a half. We’re doing this in the last weekend of September.’’ 

Welsh has scheduled her event for Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6-9 p.m. 

Because of limited seating, only 25 people inside the tea room at a time, call ahead and make a res­ervation. The cutoff is Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. After then, you can try to take part, but it will be first come, first served after the folks with reservations are taken care of. 

If the weather’s nice, Welsh said there is limited outdoor seating available. 

Obviously, beer will be a featured attraction at the event. Welsh will offer an assortment of domestic and foreign beers. The list of domestics includes Bud and Bud Lite and Coors and Coors Lite along with Yuengling. The foreign selection includes Corona and Corona Lite, Blue Moon, Guinness Stout and a Dirtbag Mocha Porter. 

Prices for the beers are $3, $4 or $5, Welsh said. 

The main course food items will be bratwurst braised with onions and beer or hot dogs for those who aren’t fond of bratwurst. 

There will be an assortment of sides, including German potato salad, red cabbage with apples, beer cheese and hard pretzels. 

You can put together a meal with bratwurst and one of the main sides for $12, or for $10 you can get a hot dog or bratwurst with the beer cheese or pretzels. 

At press time, Welsh was working to get a live band to play German music during the event, but said that failing that, German music would be pro­vided in some format. 

In addition to the Oktoberfest, Welsh’s husband, Mason, will also be having a sale of the various antiques, collectibles and gifts that are located on the premises. There will be a 20 percent discount on all items available for sale. 

Welsh added that reservations for the Oktoberfest are $10 per person in advance and are not refundable. 

For further information on the event, visit the Facebook page, Boarding House Tea Room. 

To make a reservation, call 910-527-7455.

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