Biergartin - Epcot Germany Pavilion

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Before visiting this restaurant in the German Pavilion at World Showcase I do not think any of us had understood the true meaning of the Oktoberfest tradition.

Apparently on October 17, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria celebrated his marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hindburghausen with one of the grandest festivals Munich had ever known and this became the Oktoberfest tradition.

For 16 days late in September and early October, millions of celebrants from around the world are drawn to Munich. Music, beer, and Gemutlichkeit flow freely in the enormous, colourful tents that crowd Theresienwiese, a fairground named after the Prince' s bride. Frauleins in peasant consumes serve steins overflowing with beer, while revelers feast on such traditional Oktoberfest fare as roasted chicken and seemingly endless varieties of Sausage called Wurst. This is the atmosphere they recreate at the Beirgarten.

Here they serve an All You Can Eat Lunch and Dinner Buffet. Lunch is served from Noon until 3. 45pm and Dinner from 4 p. m. to Park Close. Therefore you can really dine here from Noon onwards. When we went towards the end of 2008 the prices were as follows:

Lunch - Adult $19. 99; Child 3-9 $10. 99

Dinner - Adult $28. 99; Child 3-9 $13. 99

We think this restaurant has probably the most fun atmosphere of any Epcot restaurant and the décor is very good it is like a small German town. They also have a band which provides great entertainment. It is a good place for all the family as the kids are encouraged to dance around.

The last time we went we had a great server, very attentive and funny. As is the German tradition you are seated at a large table that seats eight people and you share this with other families. We have always enjoyed the other families company but this could be quite daunting if you did not. I think perhaps the sharing of tables does stop some people dining here.

There is an amazing cold buffet all of which I cannot remember. There were loads of salads including a Bayrischer Kraut Salat (Bavarian Cabbage Salad) which I enjoyed while my Father had Wurst Platte mit Schinkenwurst, Landjager, und Bologna (Sausage Selection with sliced Ham Bologna, Landjager and Ring Bologna). My Mother had, but did not enjoy, a Bavarian Sausage Salad which I think had too much garlic in for her taste. I noticed there was also a potato salad and tomato salad as well as many others. There was also a soup which none of us tried.

From the hot buffet I had the Pork Shank with fried onions. Dad had the Crisp Pork Roast which was carved to order and came with German Mustard, Apple Sauce and Apricot Compote. Mother thoroughly enjoyed her Veal Loaf with Bavarian Potato Salad. We also had some red cabbage and carrots with chives with our meals. There were many more hot dishes to choose form including chicken, salmon and various sausages.

This time we had all managed to make room for a dessert. Mother and I shared Blackforest Cake and Vanilla Pudding with Chocolate Chips whilst Dad opted for Baked Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce. All of these were delicious.

We had an enjoyable meal and would really recommend Biergarten to others as long as they do not mind sharing a table.

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