- Derek Carlisle
September is just barely winding down, but already plenty of events are getting into the harvest celebration spirit of Oktoberfest. In downtown SLC, the 4th West Oktoberfest (425 N. 400 West), sponsored by Mountain West Hard Cider, presents two days of games, vendors, live music and plenty of wonderful food from local food trucks from Sept. 30-Oct. 1 (Saturdays, noon-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Admission is $5-$7 per day, with discounts for two-day passes, additional cost for alcohol and free admission for kids 12 and under. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.
Duck Creek Village (Sept. 23, duckcreekvillage.com), Sandy's Grace Lutheran Church (Sept. 23, gracesandy.org), Historic 25th Street in Ogden (Sept. 23, historic25.com) and Castle Country (Sept. 29-30, castlecountry.com) are among locations hosting similar seasonal festivities full of specialty foods, beverages, music and general merriment. Meanwhile, events continue at the 45th annual Snowbird Oktoberfest (snowbird.com) every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 15, including food and live music like the alp horns atop Hidden Peak. Parking at the resort fills up, so consider carpooling.
There's still time, even as summer fades away, to sneak in a little more enjoyment of food that speaks to the joy of outdoor cooking. The 2017 Rock 'n' Ribs Festival at the Gallivan Center (239 S. Main) on Sept. 30, from noon-7 p.m., offers a chance for visitors to taste offerings from some of Utah's best barbecue restaurants—all participating venues were not set at press time—for only $3 per sample plate. Admission to the event itself is free, which includes plenty of family-friendly activities and live music all day in addition to the finger-lickin' good grub. Visit thegallivancenter.com for more info.
Quote of the Week: "Ribs are always good. If you walk by a group of people eating ribs, they're always smiling." —Bob Sloan
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