Sept. 17 marked the the start of the 16-day-long German festival of Wiesn, or as most people know it, Oktoberfest, which debuts in Munich with the traditional tapping of the beer keg.
Hopping on a plane to Germany is an option, but revelers can also celebrate Oktoberfest here on Long Island, where many bars, restaurants, breweries and parks will be hosting related festivities.
German food such as schnitzel, sauerbraten and bratwurst are just some of the Bavarian delicacies that are being served. There will also be a large selection of fall-themed beverages to choose from, including pumpkin ales, hard ciders and so much more!
Raise a glass and say “Prost” (that’s German for cheers) during Oktoberfest 2016 at one of these events.
Prost Grill & Garten – Sept. 17-Oct. 31.
After they tap the ceremonial keg and pour $5 Fest bier while supplies last, there will be Oktoberfest specialty menu every weekend and accordion music to set the mood!
Plattduetsche Park Restaurant – Sept. 18-Oct. 22.
This massive German restaurant, catering hall and beer garden kicks off their Oktoberfest celebration with Ompahfest, aka German-American Day. There will be live music, authentic Bavarian specialties—including giant pretzels imported from Munich—traditional German dancing lessons, drinking songs, games, children’s activities and so much more!
Oak Chalet – Sept. 22-Oct. 26.
Authentic Bavarian restaurant serving German specialties year round will feature performance by accordionist 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Black Forest Brew Haus – Sept. 23-Oct. 15.
One of Long Island’s only brew pubs, and the only one serving authentic Bavarian food all year, will celebrate Oktoberfest with live German music every weekend.
Library Café – Sept. 28-Oct. 3.
Celebrate with a four-course Oktoberfest beer pairing dinner including potato soup, potato pancakes, Jaeger Schnitzel and apple strudel, among other German menu items at 7 p.m.
Lindenhurst Rotary – Sept. 30, 2-9 p.m. Oct. 1, 12-5 p.m. Oct. 3.
This weekend-long Oktoberfest street fair and festival include rides, games and traditional German food in the heart of downtown Lindenhurst.
L.I. Pour House Bar and Grill – Oct. 1
First annual Oktoberfest, featuring more than 20 beers, live music and a hot dog eating contest.
Pour The Core: Long Island – Oct. 1.
Maybe this isn’t German, but it’s a fall-themed beverage fest in October. That counts, right? Hard cider fanatics join forces for this third annual festival featuring more than 75 ciders from around the country and the world, plus some from the North Fork, such as Woodside Orchards and Rumor Mill Hard Cider.
Potato Pancake topped with braised pork and caraway sauerkraut. Gerwurztraminer Apple Soup with pretzel chips. Beer Glazed Bratwurst Sandwiches topped with Swiss, sauteed onions and mustard served with German potato salad. Not to mention the German chocolate cake. Plus so much more to choose from on this special weekend-long Oktoberfest menu.
Maxwell’s – Oct. 6-9
A special Oktoberfest menu will be available, featuring Bavarian pretzel bites, sauerbraten sliders, potato soup, slow-cooked German short ribs, wurst platter and more!
Zum Schneider Montauk – Oct. 15 – Oct. 23.
Live music with Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa’s playing multiple sets. There will be broiled chicken, pork shank, giant pretzels and imported German beers.
Shippy’s Pumpernickels Oct. 17-23.
German grub, Bavarian beer and traditional tunes all week long!
Great South Bay Brewery – Oct. 22.
More than 100 mostly pumpkin-flavored and German-style brews from 50 different breweries, as well as Bavarian fare and performances by five live punk rock bands.
Garden of Eve Farm – Oct. 29, 30.
Bands, Craft Beer, pumpkin picking, farm tours, vendors and more.
This authentic German restaurant serves up traditional Bavarian food and beverages year round! Every day is Octoberfest.
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