Adana Oktoberfest – A Recap

We had a wonderful time last night at the Adana Oktoberfest.  Me, Rana and the kids went out to the event hosted by the German/Turkish Partnership Society and were really entertained by the event.

They had converted the outdoor seating area at Aqualand Tennis Club into a German beer garden where there was traditional Bavarian food, dress, music and (Turkish) Beer.   I especially enjoyed the Sauerkraut that went with the sausages being served it was delicious and I hope to be making it someday soon.   They even were serving fresh Berliner pastries.

Adana Oktoberfest was an all-around great night.  Our only regret was that we were on our children’s schedule, so we had to depart early because of the kids’ sleep schedules.  Here are some pictures from the event.

For more info on the Turkish German Cultural Partnership Organization, check out their website here. Would you believe that their Adana branch has over 100 members?  Enjoy the pictures below.

Traditionally Dressed Bavarian Women of Adana

Traditionally Dressed Bavarian Women of Adana

Beer Garden

Beer Garden


German Food in Adana

German Food in Adana


Berliner in Adana

Berliner in Adana


Bavarian Band in Adana

Bavarian Band in Adana



4 Responses to “Adana Oktoberfest – A Recap”
  1. -Mom Olson says:

    Look like a great time. Glad you we able to go.

  2. Jane Olson (Jake's Aunt) says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! Is that German potato salad on your plate? Tim made some last weekend. Yummy!

  3. Joy says:

    How fun! The Adana Oktoberfest looks more like the down-home, true German event I was hoping for here in Istanbul. I hope there event continues to be held there for you.

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