Air-Conditioned Fest Haus offers Food, Drink, Music, Vendors and Even… Reptiles!

Don’t miss the Air-Conditioned Fest Haus at PorktoberQue. You will find all the polka music and dancing there, as well as the draft Oktoberfest-style beers, shopping with vendors and even a couple of  restaurants. steinsUnknown




Featured foods in the Fest Haus include the bratwursts at Jakes’ bar and grill, bavarian style hot pretzels at Grandma’s Pretzels, and Cuban sandwiches at Willie’s Puerto Rican restaurant. There will be numerous tables and chairs set up near the dance floor and polka stage for diners to enjoy a break off their feet while listening to great music. Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 8.58.53 AMimg002a




In between the polka shows, the Reptile Discovery Program will give kids of all ages the opportunity to learn about, see and touch reptiles. The Fest Haus is located to the right of the main stage in the large metal building.

There are also dozens of vendors where you can shop, learn about organizations in town, and even register to win prizes. Call 334-699-1475 for additional information.

Bavarian Themed Festhaus Is More Than Just A Biergarten

In Germany hundreds of years ago, a Biergarten was quite literally an outdoor garden in which to rest and enjoy a mug of beer. Over time Biergartens have evolved and changed to also include indoor areas containing tables and chairs allowing patrons to consume their beverage of choice. PorktoberQue has taken it a step further and created an entertainment and shopping venue inside the air-conditioned Biergarten.

Besides ice-cold draft beers, featuring the Sam Adams Octoberfest, there is scheduled to be a bratwurst vendor and a hot pretzel inside the Biergarten, as well as numerous arts, crafts and merchandise vendors. There will be dozens of tables and hundreds of chairs on which patrons can rest, relax and enjoy the show on the stage inside. The Biergarten stage features all of our authentic Oktoberfest-style music, including the house polka band, The Polka Dots.

The Polka Dots will be playing on Friday, September 26th, from 5:15-6:45 and again from 8:15 until 9:30. They return Saturday, the 27th, to play the opening set at 10am and one final set from 12:30-1:30 pm. The Polka Dots play numerous polkas that you will remember from years gone past, including “The Pennsylvania Polka”, “The Too Fat Polka”, and our favorite, “The Beer Barrel Polka”, plus many other tunes. Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30, the Reptile Discovery Program presented by Bruce Shwedick will give an up close and personal view of snakes, pythons, iguanas, tortoises and other reptiles. Children love this safe and friendly show, so bring your camera and enjoy the reptiles on the Biergarten stage.

Saturday, September 27th, we have invited authentic German musician Beatrice Fulghum to come and play her accordion on the Biergarten stage from 2:45- 3:30 and again from 4:45 until we close the Biergarten that evening. Beatrice has had a permanent gig playing the Hofbrau Haus in Pier Park (Panama City Beach) the past several years, when she is not back in Germany performing, and she delights crowds wherever she goes. The Biergarten is open Friday, September 26, from 5-10 pm and again Saturday, September 27, from 10am-7pm. The Biergarten is a family friendly place, and we encourage the kids to come in, enjoy a place to sit and cool off in the air-conditioning with their parents and to see the Reptile Discovery Program. Many times the bands play songs like “The Chicken Dance” and other fun songs, and kids are encouraged to get up and dance!

For more information on PorktoberQue, The Polka Dots or the Reptile Discovery Program, call (334) 699-1475. To see a list of vendors participating, visit and click on things to do, scrolling down to “vendors and booths to visit”. PorktoberQue is held the last weekend each September at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama and is the area’s only sanctioned KCBS barbecue competition and Oktoberfest. This year PorktoberQue is held on Friday September 26th, from 5-10pm and Saturday, September 27, from 10am-6pm.Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 3.12.08 PM