SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. — Celebrate German culture during the annual Octoberfest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Excursion Park, hosted by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization.

“Octoberfest is a great shoulder season event that brings the entire family to Sea Isle City for a fun fall day,” said Barbara Steele, the event coordinator.

“Families will enjoy traditional German music and cuisine while checking out the variety of craft vendors, games and more. A lot of the restaurants and shops in Sea Isle are still open as well, so it makes for a great weekend in town.”

Octoberfest will feature a variety of activities including authentic music from the Philadelphia Brass Band, food and craft vendors, free hayrides on the beach, face painting and the magic of Dave Cornwell. There will be a variety of bounce houses for the kids.

Residents and visitors can enter the annual pie baking contest at Braca Café. Contestants will have the opportunity to show off their best dessert pies to be judged on taste, appearance and consistency.

Pies must be delivered to Braca Café between 10 and 11 a.m. Oct. 21. Winners will be announced and awards distributed at approximately 1 p.m. Download an entry form at SeaIsleChamber.com. All entries must be received by Thursday, Oct. 19.

First, second, and third pies will receive a trophy, donated by Dan Otto. The first-place winner will also receive $100. Second and third will receive gift certificates to local restaurants.

Non-winning entries will be entered in a raffle for a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

For more information, see SeaIsleChamber.com.

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