Hello fellow Utah Bears. My name is Stone Criddle. I have had this idea for a while and I would like to share it with you all.
Last winter, I worked the Snowbird Oktoberfest, and it left a very bitter taste in my mouth. Oktoberfest is supposed to be a celebration of harvest, but, like any corporation, the essence of the celebration was stripped out and replaced with profit. Thankfully, Coroooonuuuu has canceled the bastardized festival.
In light of this situation, I would like to start an Okto-Bear-Fest, where the essence of the festival is preserved, with a little bit of the Bear spirit sprinkled in: as I have mentioned, Oktoberfest is classically a celebration of the harvest, and, by extension, a celebration of creative labor. To honor and revive this tradition, Okto-Bear-Fest will require all attendees to 1) bring something made only from food grown by the attendee, and 2) bring something that they created with their own labor (poetry, sculpture, carving, metallury/forging, invention, anything creative). The 2nd requirement is by no means an offering to me or the celebration; it is a relic of your creative labor, which deserves to be celebrated. Obviously, we can all contribute to this idea and grow something magnificent. I would love to have traditional dances being taught, beautiful music being played, brilliant poetry being orated, workshops, and, ultimately good times being had.
I understand that, at least for this year, many of us will be unable to meet the requirements, and that is perfectly fine. This is the raw beginning of something that we can collectively cultivate into a masterpiece.
Onward and upward.
This sounds like a beautiful idea and a great way to build community here in utah. I'm in
@iggy bear. I'm down with that. If you'll be providing the meat i can make some sides: rotkohl, sauerkraut, kartoffel salat, gurken salat etc. whatever people are interested in trying or eating.
@Iggybear was there a specific day/time you were thinking of doing?
@LogosOrDieBear if you can bake there is always room for good breads and or pastries. I have no idea how to make pretzels but those are an oktoberfest staple.
I won't be doing homemade sauerkraut this time as i never did start it but i will for sure be bringing at least a couple of german sides (hopefully rotkohl if i can squeeze in time the day before or that morning)
@Wes Welcome! Its too bad you cant come, but i am sure we can get a group together next month.
@notziebear funny, I am also working off a bunch of indentured servitude. Hope to see you sometime in November.
Ok, I am locking in on the weekend of the 24th-25th. Any preference in terms of date?
November 14 or 15 work for me for next month's meetup
Hello Utah Bears! This Octo-Bear-Fest idea is meant to be. I'd love to be a part of it. I'm in the south end of Salt Lake County. I'll try to get my adult sons interested and make it a family effort. I could possibly make some of the dates above. Is there a certain location already chosen? Only info I saw about that mentioned Lambs Canyon. Private or public property? Not sure what I would bring or contribute yet. I like that @IggyBear has a grand idea and lets all begin planning a larger event for next year. In the meantime, if there are any small gatherings I can get to, I'd love to meet local Bears.
Enjoy this beautiful fall weather we're having.
sons - Thomas Kelly, Tyler Kelly (they introduced me to BB in 2018)
To sift through the conversations and answer your question next weekend (either 24 or 25th) is the plan for oktoberfest. The suggested november dates are proposals for next month's meetup because @millercooperbear and myself cannot make oktobearfest. As far as location it has not been specified further than lamb's canyon