Congaree & Penn, the renowned, ever-growing North Florida farm, is hosting an altruistic affair that should be a hell of a good time. Owner and head farmer, Scott Meyer, believes that their inaugural Oktoberfest, which will support the Jaguars Foundation, will be a smashing success.
“We are really excited to bring Oktoberfest here to the farm, and have it benefit a great charity,” said Meyer. “We’ve been working so hard the past few months trying to prepare our place for more and more events like this, and I think this one will be a great time for all of those who come out.”
The event will support the Jaguars Foundation, the Jags’s philanthropic arm that supports socially and economically disadvantaged youth in the greater Jacksonville area. Proceeds from the $60 adult, and $30 kids age 4-12 tickets will go directly to the Foundation. Also, 100 percent of the beer sales for the evening will go directly to the foundation.
According to Meyer, his decision to colab with the Jaguars Foundation for this Oktoberfest celebration was made easy thanks to mutual friend, Champion Brands, a Jacksonville-based distribution company that works with the Jaguars and also happens to distribute Congaree & Penn’s famed house cider.
In keeping with the Oktoberfest tradition, there will be a smorgasbord of adult refreshments to enjoy, including a range of delectable beers from local sponsors Aardwolf Brewing Company, Intuition Ale Works, and Veterans United. Headlining the beer side of things is the German heavyweight Hofbrau (which just so happens to make this writer’s favorite Oktoberfest brew). Congaree & Penn will also be serving their delicious homemade cider, which is made at the farm with all home-grown and native North Florida ingredients and is available on tap at Intuition Ale Works and the West Club at TIAA Bank Field, among other places around Jax.
No Oktoberfest would be complete without live music. Local gypsy-jazz connoisseurs, The Junco Royals, plus the Wetlands String Band (Jax-based acts, both) will be setting the mood for a night of philanthropic revelry.
The finishing touch will be a best-dressed contest judged by Jackson de Ville (the Jags official mascot). All attendees are encouraged to come dressed to impress in their best lederhosen, or other Germanic-ware in order to catch the eye of Mr. De Ville. Drinking is always more fun when lederhosen and the Jags mascot are involved.
Tickets for this can be purchased here.