To our Sin-able Sweets friends, fans, and family. With September upon us, Mount Angel starts gearing up for the yearly Oktoberfest. If you do not know about what Oktoberfest is, it started in Bavaria in Germany in 1810 as a celebration of King Ludwig marrying Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. As the celebration started a yearly tradition, new events were added, from horse races to celebration of Bavarian agriculture. Currently, it is a 16-18 day festival in Munich, typically ending the first Sunday in October. Here in Mount Angel, there is everything from road races (marathon) and peddle tractor races, dancing, and wiener dog races and all kinds of beer and wine. This year’s celebration in Mount Angel is taking place from September 16th through 19th (Thursday through Sunday). The last Oktoberfest was held in 2019, and over 400,000 people were in town during those 4 days. In 2020, with COVID restrictions, Oktoberfest was supposed to be an At-Home celebration the weekend it was originally scheduled for, but then the wildfires had flared up, and Mount Angel was under a Level 2 evacuation notice – no way to have an Oktoberfest, even at home. Oktoberfest-At-Home was postponed and happened on October 3rd.
We love being in Mount Angel during Oktoberfest, we get to see our regular customers in a much different environment, and we get to introduce ourselves to many new people every year to our items. When we opened in 2017, on Oktoberfest weekend, we did not know what to expect. The next year, 2018, we went full on and had a great time meeting those new friends and fans, and 2019 carried on that tradition.
It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that we will not be open during the Mount Angel Oktoberfest celebration this year. With COVID cases still being extremely high, and now both an indoor and outdoor mask mandate, we do not feel it is prudent to be open and still have a safe and fun environment for our employees, our customers or ourselves. Again, we are deeply saddened by making this announcement. Since the announcement that Oktoberfest would be held this year we have been paying attention, daily, to the very concerning rise in new cases, and something that is making bigger news, breakthrough cases. Even though we have continued to mask at the bakery since the mask mandate was first ordered back in 2020, and continued to mask when it was not a mandate, we feel the logistical challenge of trying to serve our customers the best we can, while still making sure anyone who comes into the bakery wears a mask (we still have people that refuse to walk into the bakery while we have a mask mandate in the bakery), and the safety of someone working the door to make sure masks are worn, is not worth the any safety challenges to our employees, our customers and ourselves.
So, here is the schedule we will be following for the month of September:
We will be open our regular hours as follows:
September 1 – September 4: 9AM until 5PM
September 8 – September 11: 9AM until 5PM
September 15 – September 18: CLOSED
Beginning September 22 we will resume our normal business hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 9AM until 5PM.
For CDPs, this will be the schedule we will be following:
September 7th – Clackamas CDP – We will be there from 4 – 5PM ONLY!
This way, we are able to do the following:
September 7th – Gresham CDP – We will be there as quickly as we can be after leaving Clackamas and getting to regular CDP point. Please contact Dan as you are ordering online so he can help you get it set up.
September 14th – Beaverton CDP – We will be there for our regular drop hours
September 21st – Gresham CDP – See September 7th for information
September 28th – Safeway at Lloyd Center – We will be there for our regular drop hours
For online pre-ordering, there are no orders being allowed for the week of September 15th – 18th. It has been closed online and you are unable to choose those dates.
Shipping orders: The last day we will be shipping before we close for the week of Oktoberfest is Tuesday, September 7th, and your order MUST be in by Friday, September 3rd at 5PM Pacific Time, the closing time of the bakery. If you order is in AFTER Friday, September 3rd at 5PM, it will be shipped on September 28th. Please check to see if you are going to need an order and order as early as possible.
We have a few customers that place large orders. We ask those people to please contact Dan directly so we can get arraignments set to get your orders and done.
Again, this is with a truly heavy heart that we are not going to be open during the Oktoberfest, but looking forward to a joyous holiday season (Yes! it is only a few months away!) and a 2022 that is happy and healthy for all!