After an evening of German food and traditional music last Friday at the Ukrainian Hall, the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association already is planning to stage Oktoberfest again next fall.
“Oh, we’re definitely going to have it again,” said Bev Kotnik, who organized the event along with RLMA members Linda Rajala and Sig Mosley.
“Everyone has said they had a great time. And people kept on dancing until the end of the evening,” she noted. “So if the crowd’s reaction is any indicator, we’ll do it again.”
Besides a meal of bratwurst, sauerkraut, and hot potato salad, which was served up by volunteers, “Bavarian Musik Werks” of Winnipeg provided the upbeat sounds of Germany to get people dancing afterwards.
“It was fun. I thought the food was marvelous and the music was excellent,” said Carol MacKintosh, adding she didn’t think she would have enjoyed the food before trying it.
“Those girls did a wonderful job.”
“It was great,” echoed Gisla Seis, who was one of a dozen or so German-born guests on hand.
“The band was really good,” she added. “But maybe there needed to be more people with German background there—we had to get the others up and motivated.
“And the food absolutely great. I couldn’t believe how good it was. The only thing was none of us Germans had heard of hot potato salad,” Seis chuckled.
The event attracted 102 people, slightly exceeding the RLMA’s expectations. “We were hoping for a 100 so we were pleased with the crowd,” said Kotnik.
And while organizers are still “recovering” from planning the Oktoberfest, Kotnik hinted at some of the celebrations in the works for the near future.
“Well, for February there could be something to coincide with Heritage Week, and, of course, we’ll have a St. Patrick’s Day event,” she said.
“Based on the crowd’s reaction to this one, and the good attendance at all our events, we like to have them going every few months,” added Kotnik.
“We do it for the community.”
The RLMA would like to thank the Ukrainian Literary Society for allowing use of their hall, as well as the non-association volunteers who helped decorate and serve dinner.