Choctoberfest 2017 in the Park

Last week was Choctoberfest 2017 in Hershey. It was held in the park near the center of town, near the fire station and a church. It was a great place to wander about, sample fare from the local restaurants and breweries, listen to music, and socialize.

choctoberfest 2017 crowd

Part of the fun was sampling Hershey’s products along with the brews. This included their Scharffen Berger line, which has a harder bite than the Kisses, and come in a variety of intensities, from milk to dark chocolate. I’m not an expert on this. My tongue tells me any good beer tastes good with any good chocolate.

choctoberfest 2017 samples

The one beer I tried was a stout from Boneshire Brew Works. It had a light taste reminiscent of Guinness, but a strong coffee flavor that reminded me of Troeg’s Java Head. I added to my list of brews.

choctoberfest 2017 beer

Teresa and I sampled candied bacon from The Mill in Hershey. They’re located across the railroad tracks from my neighborhood, and the nights they’re smoking meat makes our evening walks mouth-wateringly delicious.

choctoberfest 2017 the mill bacon

Mostly, though, we wandered the crowds and people-watched. This guy, I thought, was a fan of Kurt Vonnegut. Turns out it’s a heavy metal band with a fondness for literature, including “Animal Farm.”

choctoberfest 2017 ice nine kills

It’s a military thing, trust me.

Choctoberfest 2017 marine

Walking around gave me the chance to appreciate the architecture of the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department’s addition. The old building is at the far end, on the other side of the fire tower. I hope they made it so that you can climb up and see the area from there.

Choctoberfest 2017 fire hall

Sometimes, the picture tells the story without words

Choctoberfest 2017 child

All in all, it was a nice Saturday in the park. Hmmm, do you think there’s a song in that?