From its early incarnation as a Southern-style barbecue at the city-owned historic home, Bulloch’s annual Sip of the South has become a fall tradition with an ever-changing theme.
Festivities have ranged from visits to tropical islands, feasting New Orleans style and joining the cowboys at “Home on the Range” complete with chuck wagon.
“The Sip of the South started as a thank you for our Magnolia Ball sponsors, but over the years it has morphed into a bigger party,” said Janice Metzler, Bulloch’s assistant site coordinator.
“We decided to open it up to everyone because we had such a good response.”
This year the party is Oct. 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. Site Coordinator Pam Billingsley decided on an Oktoberfest theme and was inspired to write a poem about what guests can expect:
Bales of hay,
Pretzels and beer,
Fire a cracklin’,
Fall is here.
Taste a feast,
Raise a stein
Or have a glass of “der vunderful wein.”
Authentic Bavarian fare from Gasthaus restaurant in Cumming includes assorted sausages, sauerkraut seasoned with onions, apples and white wine, sweet and sour braised red cabbage and apple strudel.
In addition to a keg of draft and a variety of Autumn beers there will be wine and an open bar.
The band Freewheelin’ will provide the music for dancing. Lederhosen and Dirndls are optional.
“This is going to be the most awesome Oktoberfest in Roswell ever,” said Magnolia Ball committee member Beth Spencer.
Tickets are $45. Funds raised will maintain Orchard Hill, an area on the grounds that was designed and planted by the North Fulton Master Gardeners, and the upkeep of the trail there.
Reservations are necessary. For more information, call (770) 992-1731.