Third Annual St. Pete Oktoberfest generating excitement throughout Tampa Bay

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On Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, the Grand Central District will be hosting the Third Annual St. Pete Oktoberfest, the largest craft beer and music festival in St. Petersburg. This 2-day event highlights St. Pete’s funky, offbeat Grand Central District while celebrating local beer culture and Florida’s growing microbrew industry.

The Homebrewer’s Challenge begins on Friday, October 19, from 7pm-10pm at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Pete’s historic seaboard train station. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy unlimited beer samples from Tampa Bay area homebrew clubs, delicious appetizers from local restaurants, and live music from The John Kelley Band. While event guests have the opportunity to vote for the “people’s choice” beer, BJCP-certified judges will be carefully determining the “best of” in each of 4 categories: Brown ales, Pumpkin/Spice Beer, Stouts, German Hefeweizen, and Oktoberfest-style.

The St. Pete Oktoberfest street festival begins on Saturday, October 20, from 5pm-10pm. This craft beer festival is also a live music showcase for some of our best local and regional performers. Saturday’s headliner, Damon Fowler, is a local blues-rock musician who just celebrated his first major-label release. Also taking the stage on October 20 are Bobby Lee Rodgers, a founding member of The Codetalkers, and local favorites, Serotonic.

Jim Longstreth, past President of the Grand Central District Association and one of the founders of St. Pete Oktoberfest, is now the Chair of Promotions for the District.

“I’m thrilled to see this event grow so much in just 3 years. We’ve worked hard to showcase local and Florida brewers, and local musicians with a national following. For the Third Annual St. Pete Oktoberfest, we are expecting over 10,000 people in the Grand Central District for this event,” Longstreth said.

Shari Hazlett, Third Annual St. Pete Oktoberfest Producer and Event Director, is looking forward to the event and the opportunities it will give the organization to grow.

“St. Pete Oktoberfest brings thousands of people to the Grand Central District who are looking for a fun evening filled with local and national craft beer, live music, and eclectic food. The success of this event will help the small businesses, retail shops, and restaurants in the Grand Central District continue to thrive,” said Hazlett.

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