Congaree and Penn, the local farm launched by Scott and Lindsay Meyer in 2014, has two big reasons to celebrate this fall. It’s debuting their new Farm Cider Garden, and it recently became the official farm of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As a result, the farm is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration in that new garden on Saturday, October 6 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM to benefit their new partner’s fund, the Jaguars Foundation.
The event will feature beer from Hofbrau, Aardwolf Brewing Company, Intuition Ale Works, and Veterans United, as well as Congaree and Penn’s own Farm Cider. There will be a Lederhosen contest judged by Jags mascot Jaxson de Ville, as well as live music performed by Junco Royals and The Wetlands Stringband. There’ll also be locally-sourced snacks including sausage and pretzels from German Schnitzel Haus.
And the night before, the farm will also host a specially-prepared, German family-style dinner. There will be Farm Cider, German Reislings, Hofbrau beer, wagon rides, a silent auction and more, with a German-inspired smorgasbord using ingredients from local artisans and farmers.
Congaree and Penn, located at 11830 Old Kings Rd., is Florida’s only year-round rice milling farm and also hosts the world’s largest mayhaw orchard. Their jellies, fruit juices, and rice are hot commodities at the city’s farmers’ markets, and their products are available in local stores and utilized by several local restaurants. Their partnership with the Jags is a unique one that will allow them to reach a new audience.
“We wanted to bring the farm-to-table experience to the stadium,” says Scott Meyer.
Proceeds from Oktoberfest will go toward Jaguars Foundation, which supports programs for socially and economically disadvantaged children and families.
Tickets for the event are available for $60 ($30 for kids 4-12) at https://904tix.com/events/oktoberfest-congaree. Tickets for the Friday night dinner, restricted to guests age 21 or older, are available for $125 – for more information, contact Congaree and Penn directly.