Oktoberfest at St. Peter’s Village
Last weekend, St. Peter’s Village celebrated its second annual Oktoberfest, drawing thousands of people to taste, smell and see what’s new in this historic village. A short trek from my apartment in West Chester and minutes from my parents’ house in Chester Springs, St. Pete’s has always been one of my favorite places to hike, so I thought I would see what kind of Oktoberfest party they’d throw.
Although it seems like a lazy little town, it turns out St. Pete’s throws a darn good party! It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for walking around the picturesque village. Grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut, organic cookies, mushroom soup and, of course, plenty of beer made my stomach growl as soon as I reached the main street. A band kept things lively while I explored the many tents selling everything from hand-blown glass to photography sessions.
St. Peter’s Village consists of just one main street, but the unique shops along that road never seem to disappoint. My personal favorite is an organic bakery, which was featuring special Phillies cookies in honor of the World Series. I tried one of those and an intense, chewy, double-chocolate chip.
My canine companion, Maggie, wanted to check out a tent selling dog treats, and she wasn’t disappointed. Jennifer Polk, founder of Pup Bistro, let Maggie sniff all the varieties of her natural dog biscuits, including Berry Paws and Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Maggie’s pick.
After wandering through the festivities, I had worked up quite an appetite so I grabbed a bratwurst with sauerkraut and headed up to enjoy a view of St. Pete’s spectacular waterfall while I munched. With the sun on our backs, Maggie and I agreed that we had found the perfect way to spend a perfect fall day.
For more information about this and next year’s Oktoberfest at St. Peter’s Village, visit www.oktoberfestsaintpeters.com.
St. Peter’s Bakery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To check out Pup Bistro’s selection of natural dog treats, visit www.pupbistro.com.