Though Gerda’s German Restaurant and Bakery officially closed its doors in June, the restaurant has confirmed it will still host its popular Oktoberfest festival next month.

A Facebook post made the announcement official, and the festival is scheduled for Sept. 6 and 7 from 4 p.m. to midnight each day. The festival will include live German music, imported German beers, classic German food and dessert.

It will take place outside the bakery, at 5180 Leavenworth St.

The post also notes that this will be the restaurant’s final Oktoberfest festival.

The bakery, beloved for its doughnuts, glazed twists, pecan rolls and wedding cakes, plus such German fare as sauerbraten and schnitzel, closed June 22. The closing came a year after the death of Gerda Bailey, the namesake and longtime owner of the business.

The bakery closed after improvements to the decades-old building became too costly. Bailey’s daughter, Kim Reefe, said in June that the bakery hoped to hold one more Oktoberfest; it seems that dream has come true.

For more information on the Oktoberfest celebration, visit bit.ly/gerdasoktoberfest.

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Sarah Baker Hansen writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald. She also writes the quarterly "Food Prowl" series, where teams of tasters go around Omaha to find favorite foods in a number of categories. Phone: 402-444-1069

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