Oktoberfest brings German flavor to Canyon Lake


The 7th annual Canyon Lake Oktoberfest was held in the Towne Center on Saturday evening. The event was hosted by the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and featured German and traditional food, beer and wine garden, kids zone, carnival games, vendors and contests.

Honorary Ms. Oktoberfest Margie Zingg lead the Oktoberfest opening celebration. “Thunder” from Lake Elsinore Storm made a special appearance. The evening’s music was provided by the American Bavarian Brass Band.

Chamber Executive Director Alison Burrafato said, “We had a great turnout. We thank the community for coming out and sharing the evening with us.”

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without contests. This year’s contests included Beer Drinking (non-alcoholic), Beer Stein Holding, Yodeling, Jalapeno Eating and Hot Dog Eating.

The contest winners are as follows:

Beer Drinking: Cameron Yarbrough

Stein Holding: Lexis Clark, one stein winner; Mike Cuicchi, three steins winner

Yodeling: Sharah Gambele

Jalapeno Eating: Richard Festa

Hot Dog Eating: Mike Cuicchi

Lee Ervin won the raffle for a BeanBagglz game donated by its creator, Anton Riniti. Lee donated the game to Boulder Ridge Elementary School where his girlfriend works as an assistant principal

The sponsors of this event include the Sports Stop Pub & Grill, Platinum Plumbing, CR&R, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties, Canyon Mattress and More, Southern California Edison, EXIT Blue Water Realty. Jordan and Jennie Ehrenkranz, MRA Inc Tax Accountants, Lake Elsinore Casino and the Canyon Lake Car Club.

Chamber President Jim Randle said, “We thank the community and sponsors for helping to make this event a success. The chamber strives to fulfill the need of the city by hosting these types of events.”

The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and individuals organized to encourage a strong local economy and quality of life by promoting and advancing the community, civic, cultural and educational development of the Canyon Lake area while providing a valuable forum for issues affecting local commerce and the general well-being of the community.

To join the chamber or for more information, contact Executive Director Alison Burrafato at 951-244-6124.

Photo by Donna Ritchie

Photo by Donna Ritchie