Yes, it's time to celebrate beer and Bavaria. It all started when Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 17, 1810. In honor of the occasion, he threw a big festival celebrating beer. Bavarians thought this was such a good idea, they've celebrated Oktoberfest every year since then. If Munich is too far away, here are some local restaurants celebrating.
What: theRIVERHEADPROJECT, 300 East Main Street, Riverhead
When: Wednesday, October 2; 6:30PM; $40 plus tax and gratuity
The Lowdown: theRIVERHEADPROJECT presents beer by Weihenstephan paired with a four-course German-themed dinner, served family style. Menu includes bratwurst, liverwurst, duck sausage; spaetzle; pretzel crusted chicken paillard, beer braised cabbage; and Black Forest torte.
What: Rowdy Hall, 10 Main Street, East Hampton
When: Saturday, September 21; 3-5PM
The Lowdown: Rowdy Hall's 5th Annual Oktoberfest Kick Off Party will see the restaurant converted into a traditional German beer garden with picnic tables in the courtyard and communal dining tables in the dining room. German bar snacks will be offered and Bavarian music will play in the courtyard, weather permitting. The celebration of Oktoberfest continues through Sunday, October 6 with a $24 prix fixe starting each night at 5 PM.
What: Southampton Publick House, 40 Bowden Square, Southampton
When: Friday October 4, 6-9:30PM
The Lowdown: Celebrate the tapping of Oktoberfest Lager 2013! No cover; German fare in dining room; live entertainment; contests, raffles, and giveaways.
What: Zum Schneider, 4 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk
When: Saturday, October 19, 11AM; Sunday, October 20, 11AM
Saturday, October 26, 5PM; Sunday, October 27, 5PM
The Lowdown: Zum Schneider offers "four authentic parties to bring you the real Oktoberfest feeling," with live music with Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa's and DJ Volka Racho.