Germans have many festivals and celebrations through out the year but none is more festive or larger than Oktoberfest, which is celebrated by all of Germany.  Folks from all over the world go to Germany to partake in the celebration and food extravaganza.  Oktoberfest began in Bavaria, Germany in 1811 and is a 16-day festival celebrating beer, traditional German food and having a good time with friends. This event is one of the most celebrated events in Germany and it is considered the world’s largest fair. In 1999 there was more than 6.5 million Oktoberfest attendees.   Oktoberfest starts in late September and ends the first weekend in October. To compare Oktoberfest to Minnesota cultural events, it is like the Minnesota State Fair times 10… NOW that is one big event!

Come and visit us at Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center and celebrate in Oktoberfest and German culture; we have added Oktoberfest specials to our menu for a limited time only! (available September 21st, 2013 – October 6th, 2013)

  • Eiskaffee (coffee with ice cream)
  • Summit Oktoberfest Beer
  • German Apple Cake
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Black Forest Cake
  • Wurst & Kraut with warm German Potato Salad
  • German Ham on Rye with Swiss
  • German Carrot Soup (vegan)
  • German Sauerkraut Soup with Meat
  • Pretzels with Mustard Sauce

Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center also gives a warm willkommen (welcome) to the Twin Cities German Immersion School to the Como Park neighborhood! The Twin Cities German Immersion School is a charter school that was developed by an independent group of teachers and parents under the sponsorship of the Germanic-American Institute. Their building is currently undergoing some renovations, so the students and teachers will be using the Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center when needed. We love seeing them and we are glad we are able to help them during their transition into a new building.


We appreciate everyone’s culture at Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center! We make it a part of our mission to explore and celebrate a wide variety of cultures because we believe diversity benefits the Como Park and larger community! We love learning about all the cultures around the world and we are excited learn more about the German culture from our new German neighbors!