Published: Oct 23, 2010 1:00 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 22, 2010 10:00 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- When thousands show up for a two weekend event that has barrels of beer, potato pancakes and traditional German garb- it has to be Oktoberfest.

Droves of people are already pouring in for Cape Coral's 25th annual Oktoberfest.

A $6 ticket will get you through the gate, and into the old country. An authentic German band will perform live music for folks to polka the night away. WINK News did a little research, and here's what you need to know: come hungry! There's quite a spread of German favorites, including bratwurst, German potato salad, and of course, plenty of beer.

We talked to some Deutschland die-hards on why they can't get enough of the big event.

"A lot of food, fun, and beer! We notice people from all over, all different states and we really thoroughly enjoy it. Very authentic, we love it!" Mike and Marie Zeffiro said Friday.

Oktoberfest will continue its run for the next two weekends. For more information, visit the German American Social Club of Cape Coral's website at:

http://www.gasc-capecoral.com/e_oktoberfest_start.htm