The German tradition of Oktoberfest is coming to Kingwood. Holy Comforter Lutheran Church is proudly sponsoring the Kingwood Oktoberfest, featuring authentic German food, polka music, games and beer. This first event, to be held Oct. 22, will highlight German heritage and be a great celebration for all to enjoy.

The “guten zeiten” (good times) will include music from The Texas Sound Check Band, a staple in the Texas polka community for more than four decades. The band plays festivals around the state and most recently took part in the National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas. 

The Kingwood Oktoberfest will have local flavors as well, with both German food by Kingwood’s own Chef David Welch and brews on tap from Kingwood’s own Back Pew Brewery. Welch, who is the owner of FireCraft BBQ and has been executive chef at several Kingwood restaurants including Raffa's, will bring his own unique flare to authentic German cuisine. Plates, which will cost $15, will include sausage, pork schnitzel, sauerkraut, German potato salad and other wonderful German foods. There will also be hot dogs, pretzels, chips, soda, water and, of course, beer.

Back Pew Brewery and brewmaster Bobby Harl will provide their unique take on craft brewing. Several of Back Pew’s most popular brews will be on tap for people to enjoy. Back Pew Brewing opened this year in Kingwood and “passionately brews their beers with creative characters and daring twists.” Their beer can be found in several Kingwood restaurants and bars.

The Kingwood Oktoberfest will also feature booths and demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy and learn about German heritage. There will also be children’s games, a video arcade truck and much more. For those who want to shop, the Oktoberfest Gift Shop and Fair Trade Market will be open during the entire festival. Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.

The Kingwood Oktoberfest will be from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, located at 1901 Woodland Hills Drive. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 18. Proceeds will help support church ministries both at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church and beyond, including the many outreach programs that they serve throughout the world such as Water to Thrive, which builds wells for clean, safe water in rural Africa.