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First Kemah Octoberfest – October 4-6

| September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

City Parking Lot
Harris Ave. between 6th & 7th Streets
Kemah, TX 77565

Fri & Sat: Noon – 11PM
Sun: Noon – 6PM
Admission $8 for adults, children 12 and under free.

Festival Website: http://oktoberfest.gulfcoastfestivals.com/index.html

Oktoberfest comes to Kemah, when the iconic fall celebration of the culture, food, and drink of the Germanic peoples who helped settle Texas brings its unique and lively spirit to the bay the 4th through the 6th of October.

Oktoberfest! No other single word conveys at once the ultimate party with the most fun, the best food, and the coldest beer.

The historic Kemah Lighthouse District will become “Bavaria on the Bay” and ring with the sound of “Oom Pah” bands, song and the clink of cold, foaming steins; the air rich with the sizzle and scent of succulent food.

The Kemah Oktoberfest will feature all the wonderful food, music, drink, and dance of the German, Czech, Polish, and Dutch people. Vendors will create a German “Marktplatz,” or market place, featuring beautiful crafts, clothing, pottery, wood carving, and more. Patrons can enjoy the mouth-watering country fare for which Oktoberfests are famous throughout the world. Budweiser, the King of Beers, created by German immigrants in the 19th century is the perfect partner to bring fine German and seasonal beers to celebrate the brewer’s art. Children’s activities will entertain the “kinder,” and patrons of all ages can join in traditional folk dances and chicken dance competitions. Members of the German community, in colorful, authentic German costume, will be on hand to lead patrons in the lively music and dances.

Succulent food and fine beers are the hallmark of Oktoberfest, and Kemah will serve up the best, from grilled bratwurst to strudel, wiener schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad, huge pretzels, and more, with festival favorites such as corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes, sno-cones and more. Kemah is the Gateway to the Bay, so in that spirit, the “World’s Largest Boiler” will be on hand producing tons of fresh Gulf shrimp, just off the boat and at the peak of the fall season. In addition to fresh boiled, the “Bavaria on the Bay” theme comes together with a special Oktoberfest Beer-Battered fried shrimp. And speaking of beer – fime brews include Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweisen, Beck’s, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Zeigenbock, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and, of course, Budweiser and Bud Light. In addition, to make this Oktoberfest unique, we have our beer experts searching the globe for expertly-crafted seasonal beer that has never been served in America, worthy of being featured and exclusively offered at the Kemah Oktoberfest.

The rollicking, buoyant German songs and dance music, polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and more will be provided by some of the Gulf Coast region’s best performers, Enzian Buam and Texavia, true “musik meisters” who will have you dancing, and singing along to the sway of bier steins and sausage-on-a-stick. Oktoberfest is a party going over 200 years, celebrated the world over, and just keeps getting better! It began in 1810, when the wedding feast of Munich’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony ran 16 days and was still too good to end. Much of early Texas and the Gulf Coast area were settled by Germanic immigrants who carried this tradition with them. They have enriched our nation and left an indelible stamp on all areas of life in Texas. Indeed, a settlement known as “Germantown” was here years before the Allen brothers landed at Buffalo Bayou.

We are proud to bring this unique and lively culture and the continuing tradition of Oktoberfest to Kemah.


Event Information
Doug Davenport
Gulf Coast Festivals
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Bob Fuldauer
Turn To Productions, LLC
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White River Fly Series Resumes After Brief Intermission

| April 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

I do catch some a lot of heat for being a photographer, and doing more, exponentially more, writing than photography in any given post on Texas Fly Caster. I know we aren’t going to achieve balance, in one fell swoop, but there were some interesting and rather unusual images to be made around the camp along the banks of the White River in Arkansas.

Whether it was Johnny’s pickled peaches that looked like … well, what they looked like, or Nick’s morning wardrobe choices along with cold beverages, interesting and unusual images did show themselves to my camera lens. It’s tempting to slap a little Arkansas generalization on the shot of a car key made into a lure, but then that would paint a whole state in a certain light now wouldn’t it?

Then there’s the classically typical image of fly rods lined up in a picture perfect line, waiting, no begging, to be captured. And what intermission would be complete without a fly photograph? Admire the fly that did the most damage, bar none. Yes, it’s a simplistic black woolly bugger.

Give Me Fuel Give Me Fire Give Me Casa Galaviz

| March 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

Casa Galaviz Denton Texas Restaurant
Casa Galaviz at 508 South Elm, Denton, Texas.

We all gotta’ eat don’t we? The days are getting longer, the fishing is getting better, and without fuel on the water, you are just as likely as the other guy to bonk, and walk away from fish that may be hungrier than you.

Joe Galaviz Second Generation Owner Casa Galaviz
Joe Galaviz, second generation owner Casa Galaviz.

Casa Galaviz (CG’s for short), located at 508 South Elm in dynamic Denton, Texas, has been serving up fuel at the same location since 1988 and doing it right every day. It starts with homemade tortillas, as every good breakfast should, and is topped by homemade salsa that is made fresh every day. Salsa, made fresh every day, tastes different every day. Now, I can’t recommend anyone eat CG’s every day, but you definitely wouldn’t get bored if you did.

The migas, chorizo, papa y’ huevos are all fresh and tasty. They also have menudo for the days after the nights of going too long at your favorite watering hole. If you are feeling like living la vida loca, try the barbacoa or lengua – two of my picks for those special Saturday or Sunday morning afters.

Feel free to tell Joe that Texas Fly Caster sent you and take time to view my photography on the wall while you dine. The current prints are from the Mayan Riviera, and seem to go quite well with the decor at CG’s. Casa Galaviz also makes tamales seasonally, and be forewarned that it is still a smoking restaurant although there aren’t many folks that take the liberty of smoking there anymore.

Hoptober Fest – Brew Review by Joel Hays

| September 13, 2009 | 1 Comment

I am busy tying a few flies for the trip to South Texas this week, and working on the Airstream now that things have cooled off a bit and the rain has set in. So, Joel stepped up to deliver a review on New Belgium’s Hoptober. You’ll realize pretty quickly that Joel takes his beers seriously – very seriously. Thanks for the review Joel. It’s not an ESPN2 pilot episode, but it does make the best of a rainy North Texas weekend.


New Belgium Hoptoberfest

We don’t get many “signs” of fall in North Texas. Summer just slowly burns itself out through September, it rains most of October, and then you wake up one morning in early November with frost on the ground. The majority of our trees don’t even give us a good autumn show – the post oaks and blackjacks just go from green to brown.
So, we have to find our passages where we can. Green Chili Festivals at Chuy’s, high school and college football – the slow, painful death of good, predictable fishing, etc. One such harbinger of fall is the annual release of Ocktoberfest beer from a multitude of brewers. According to beeradvocate.com,
“The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies’n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains roughly 5.0-6.0% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style.”

(“Marzen” being German for March – when these beers were traditionally brewed and put up. “Oktoberfest” is no more than a celebration when the beer is ready!)
That pretty much describes all Oktoberfest beer – a little higher in alcohol, very little hops and a lot “malty-ness.”
If you are a fan of New Belgium, you know that they love setting tradition aside and brew nothing in the German style (hence the name). They have done it again with their fall special release – Hoptober!
I have to say this is one of the best beers I’ve had in some time. I have a hard time classifying this beer except to call it an “anti-Oktoberfest” (they call it a Golden Ale). Unlike most IPA’s or other “hoppy” beer, this one doesn’t blow your head off with hop bitterness. New Belgium uses five different hop varieties to layer in spice and extend the finish of the beer. Just when you’re expecting the bitterness to kick you in the taste buds you get “sweet”, not burn. They do this with a mix of wheat, rye and oats. Out of the tap (I had it at Banter – just off the Square in Denton, TX) and in a proper glass, it has a creamy mouth feel that you would not associate with a beer weighing in at 40 IBU (that’s International Bitterness Units – most “hoppy” beers score at 40 or above).
So, if you’re looking for a change of pace at this change of seasons – find some Hoptober and some spare time to sit and enjoy it. I’ll even go out on a limb and give you a pairing:
Grilled blue cheese and shallot stuffed bone-in pork chop
Sweet potato pomme frites
Chard and beet salad with an apricot/balsamic reduction dressing
Candied fig and persimmon turnover

— by Joel Hays www.dfwflyfishing.com

Party Food Beer Music Fly

| June 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

Tailwaters fly fishing fly shop dallas #flyfishing

PARTY – Tailwaters celebrated their first anniversary today with a shindig that included music, casting contests, beer, food, camaraderie and deals galore. There were plenty of familiar faces besides the Tailwaters crew, and in the five hours I was there, I met many new people with that common thread – a fly line – weaving our conversations together. Everyone agreed they were very pleased with Tailwaters early success, and relieved to see a real fly shop make a go of it in Big D. Set all inventories aside, set all price comparisons aside, set all locations aside, and what you have remaining is a knowledgeable group of guys who seriously love the sport – all under one roof.

FOOD – Tailwaters threw out some great looking mudbugs, dogs, corn on the cob and potatoes (both of which were drenched in the crawfish seasoning), good beer out of a keg and other food of a milder sort. Afterwards, we (yes my wife had to come down for the party) were getting hungry and I took her to the Flying Fish for some good classic fried fish and shrimp. If you are in DFW and you haven’t eaten at the Flying Fish, it really is a must try, and an experience to be enjoyed by all ages and their menu is extensive and steeped in southern traditions.

BEER – Summertime means lighter wheat beers for this consumer and right now I am enjoying a Pyramid Crystal Wheat Beer, and it is a bit on the heavier side of wheat beers with a fuller body than most wheat beers, and therefore a little less refreshing than other wheats. Waiting in the wings is a wheat from the Midwestern USA brewery – Boulevard Brewing Co., in Kansas City Missouri, and one I have visited on occasion. They have been doing it right since 1969 and have many varietals – each well worth the sampling. It’s not Fort Collins’ New Belgium Brewery, but if you like beer and find yourself in KC MO, be sure and check it out. It just doesn’t seem that (locally anyway) Texas favorite Shiner Brewery has anything new to offer the summer connoisseur of wheat beers. Their beers seem to be either too dark or too light, with the famous Bock bringing an instant headache to this consumer. Bock may not mean bottom of the barrel, but when it comes to Shiner Bock, it tastes like it.

MUSIC – A huge month of releases and some that I have missed are coming to my ears, as I spin new releases by Mud Crutch, My Morning Jacket and Aimee Mann. Living as I do, in a vacuum of sound offerings by Dallas Radio, I completely missed the release by Texas’ Bob Dylan – James McMurtry. I will ask him if he’s offended by the comparison the next time I see him, but according to a recent article in the Dallas Morning News (since I don’t get to hear anything on Dallas radio), McMurtry has taken the gloves off and come out swinging against President Bush and a war that has McMurtry traceably increasingly disillusioned. I will wait to hear the McMurtry release before giving a full review of each, but rest assured there are classics laying in the 1’s and 0’s on these discs. If you like the vein of music that I like, go ahead and go to Amazon (unless you can patronize a local small box store), and buy the first three I mentioned – because from what I’ve already heard, these will define the fly summer of 2008.

Time to go to work on the edit for the Lefty Kreh video and tidbit interview I did last week. I am looking to roll that one out Monday while Leslie is in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and looking to get away from her conference and hit some of their local waters. That may not happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

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