In case you can’t leave the country or have a debilitating fear of flying, all your prayers have been answered. Alpine Village to the rescue. Alpine Village has held the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California: 43 years of boozing and chosen by USA Today as “one of the best Oktoberfests in the world!” There are buxom broads with armfulls of beer steins filled with German Beer, oom pah pah bands flown in from Germany (so you don’t have to) and German Comfort food just down the 405.
833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
Friday: 6PM until 1AM
Saturday: 6PM until 1AM
Sunday: 1PM until 6PM
Friday and Saturday nights are louder and geared for adults;
Sundays are family days with kiddie jumpers, sweet treats and games.
You know who you German-philes are – you are always wandering the aisles at Cost Plus yearning for Laber Kase, Curry Ketchup or Kinder Chocolates. When the local importers fail you & all you want is German soul food, head over to Alpine Village. I have known friends who would brave the border of Mexico to get the German imports that could not be found in California. Enter, Alpine Village, and their commute just got a lot shorter. The bakery at Alpine Village has classic European style tortes, pastries & breads. The supermarket is stocked with every brand from Deutchland: Kartoffelland, Maggi, Hofbauer, & Pfanni. What? You’ve never heard of those before? Well, go down to Alpine Village and get yourself an education.
My favorite thing to do is to grab a loaf of bread, a jar of mustard, a Landjäeger, some german potato salad & some beers. You can take those out to the picnic benches outside & have a pirate feast. Do yourself a favor & take home some Curry Ketchup. It will spice up your dinner parties, just a little bit, and then you will have that perfect conversation starter to tell your story of your trip to Alpine Village.