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Oktoberfests in overdrive 

  Deutsches Haus holds the area's largest Oktoberfest, which will begin Oct. 12 this year and run for three weekends in Kenner's Rivertown. But there are other German cultural celebrations, including some this week.  

  On Oct. 6-7, Broussard's Restaurant (819 Conti St., 581-3866; transforms its courtyard into a German beer garden, with beer and traditional Oktoberfest foods sold from booths around the property. The festival goes from noon to 9 p.m. each day. Admission is $10.

  German food and drink also are on tap during the Gretna Heritage Festival (, Oct. 5-7, in downtown Gretna. The German-American Cultural Center hosts a fest within a fest during the event, setting up its own beer garden and food booths.

  Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant (30160 Hwy. 51, Akers, 985-386-6666; continues its own (relatively new) tradition, adding German dishes to the menu as specials each Wednesday and Thursday, starting Oct. 3 and continuing through October.


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