Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration in Munich, Bavaria for King Ludwig I and Princess Therese in 1810. The festivities were so popular that the city decided to hold a similar celebration the following year, and thus a new tradition was born. Pacific Symphony reimagines a new approach to this iconic celebration of Bavarian culture. While ales, lagers, and the like are an important part of this festival, wine is also an integral element of Bavarian culture and the Oktoberfest experience.
Pacific Symphony presents the first elevated Oktoberfest Orange County has ever seen. Guests will be transported to a lush outdoor Biergarten on the Hotel Irvine grounds for tasting stations of top wineries and premier breweries from California to Germany and beyond. There will be silent and live auction items providing chances to bid on exotic travel experiences, wonderful culinary adventures, luxury goods, and, of course, rare and exceptional wines. Executive Chef Michael Beck will serve a delicious German dinner with a gourmet flair. The event will be co-chaired by longtime Symphony supporters, Mike Kerr and Brian Pollack.
Pacific Symphony’s Oktoberfest takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Hotel Irvine. Seating for this popular event is limited and starts at $375 per person. Tables are available at the Stein level ($10,000), which provides an upgraded experience featuring paired wine from a single winery, a winery representative to explain wine pairings, enhanced dinner menu, specialty glasses and other amenities to elevate the evening. Tables are also available at the Goblet level ($7,500) and Flute level ($5,000), both with upgraded paired wine. All proceeds of Pacific Symphony’s Oktoberfest support the nationally recognized artistic, music education and community engagement programs of Pacific Symphony. Reserve your table or tickets today at (714) 876-2375 or Events@PacificSymphony.org. For more information, visit PacificSymphony.org.
Whether you prefer wine over beer or just want to branch out, Pacific Symphony’s Oktoberfest will have something for everyone. Cheers! Or as the Germans say, Prost!