Traditionally early Germanic cultures or “Barbarians” would gather for big celebrations or feasts prior to the Oktoberfest celebration that started in 1810 with shareable platters of meat and veggies piled high. Bring your own knife to this party, because it is the only utensil allowed at the table.
Traditionally early Germanic cultures or “Barbarians” would gather for big celebrations or feasts prior to the Oktoberfest celebration that started in 1810, this was the concept we had in mind when Barbarian Dinner was first being discussed as the kick off to Loveland Oktoberfest. With shareable platters of meat and veggies piled high the concept was so unique we weren’t sure what people would think, but to our excitement, people took to it right away. When the initial marketing posters sparked the question, “wait, I’m supposed to bring my own knife?”, that question was most certainly followed up by some variation of, “really, like any knife?” At that point, we knew we had something different and fun, but we were also a little terrified by the looks of possibility and excitement! Grimm made a big showing in the first year with the staff all decked out in their barbarian garb, but it was the fans that really made the night a hit, with the majority of them getting decked out as well, and buying into the celebration. From leathers and robes to swords, knives, and battle-axes, people came out with the intent to impress, and that, they did making Barbarian Dinner the annual kick-off to Loveland Oktoberfest.
Barbarian garb is highly encouraged but not required, however, you’ll be at a heavy disadvantage without your knife.