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Casino Celebrates German Culture with Oktoberfest Weekend

PHILADELPHIA—Oct. 19, 2012SugarHouse Casino is paying tribute to Philadelphia’s German Americans by hosting its inaugural Oktoberfest this weekend, Oct. 19—21. The casino will bring a taste of Germany to its guests with authentic German food and beers, plus live entertainment and outdoor games.

The casino worked with the German Society of Pennsylvania to deliver an authentic experience; they provided recommendations for the best German food and beer selections in town. The German Society of Pennsylvania, located just a few blocks from SugarHouse on Spring Garden Street, is the oldest German organization in the country and has been headquartered in Philadelphia since 1764, now with more than 900 members.

SugarHouse’s Refinery restaurant will be serving up German fare including a jumbo Bavarian pretzel with fondue and mustard, and a bratwurst and sauerkraut sandwich with potato salad—both menu items for $6 each.

In addition to food from renowned German eateries, great beers will be on tap including Leinenkugel Oktoberfest, Warsteiner and Hofbrau. Order the 16 oz. drafts in a German souvenir cup for $4.50. Beer samplings will also be available.

Outside, guests can enjoy the fall weather along the casino’s Delaware Waterfront with games including foosball and jenga. On Friday from 5—9 p.m., and Saturday from 2—6 p.m., an accordion player and German dancers will entertain guests at The Refinery in between SugarHouse’s regularly scheduled musical acts.

Additionally, guests have the chance to win a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic with SugarHouse’s “Win a Trip to Europe” giveaway. Through Sunday, Oct. 21, guests can earn entries by playing with their Rush Rewards Card. One winner will be selected on Sunday at 8 p.m. for the seven-day trip that includes three nights in Berlin and three nights in Prague, roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia and four-star hotel accommodations.

“If there’s one thing Oktoberfest is known for in Germany, it’s great food, beer and a good time,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “Philly is renowned in the same way, so it’s a perfect fit that SugarHouse celebrate our city’s German Americans with this eventful weekend.”

Oktoberfest at SugarHouse will run from 5—9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; noon—8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; and noon—6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. For more information on SugarHouse Casino and its Oktoberfest weekend, visit


SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 54 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,000 people and was voted a “Top Workplace” in the Philadelphia Inquirer and a “Best Place to Work” two years in a row in the Philadelphia Business Journal. For more information, visit



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