Celebrate Oktoberfest at these Long Island events


Oktoberfest fans around the world were saddened by the announcement in May of the cancellation of Munich’s Oktoberfest, which was due to start on September 18, for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. Fortunately, here on Long Island, several in-person events return this year to help celebrate this season showcasing German beer, food and culture.

After canceling the event in 2020, Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square will hold its Ompahfest September 19. Traditionally held the day after the Steuben Day parade in Manhattan, the festival will feature live German music and dance, games, a special Oktoberfest menu and of course plenty of German beer. This year’s beer menu will include Barrier Frisch, a Kölsch made especially for the Plattduetsche by Barrier Brewing in Oceanside.

The Oktoberfest season will continue to be celebrated at Plattduetsche, Long Island’s first German biergaten, until September and October with German music from groups such as The Bratwurst Boys, Die Spitzbaum and accordion rocker Alex Meixner on October 3.

After scaling back its Dubtoberfest celebration in 2020, Destination Unknown Beer Co. (DUBCO) in Bay Shore is bringing back a Oktoberfest format this year for the 3rd annual Dubtoberfest on September 18. The 2 to 7 p.m. festival will feature German-style beers from 15 Long Island craft breweries, music, food trucks and a stein outfit contest.

DUBCO brewed five German-inspired beers in preparation for Dubtoberfest, including Hanziskaner, a Kristallweizen-style beer similar in flavor to a Hefeweizen but whose yeast and sediment are filtered to produce a crisp body; Don’t Call Me Honey, Boy, a modern version of a Kölsch infused with honey, lemon and Lemon Drop black tea; and Gilgo Gose, brewed with Himalayan rose, guava and passion fruit.

Blue Point Brewpub in Patchogue celebrates Oktoberfest on the traditional dates of the Munich party from September 18 to October 3, with German culinary specialties, live music including a polka band, stein outfit competitions and of course German-style draft beers.

After hosting a virtual Oktoberfest event last year, TJ Finley’s in Bay Shore is hosting its 14th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration in Person on September 25. The pub party and outdoor beer garden will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature German food, live music, German-style beers and a mug-holding contest.

HopWin’s Brewery in Bay Shore will hold its Grand opening celebration on September 25, which in honor of the season was named Hopwins Hoptoberfest. The noon to 8 p.m. event will feature German-style beers from HopWin’s including Hefeweizen, Helles, Dunkel and Radler, as well as German food, live music, stein outfit contests and throws from chopped.

An Oktoberfest celebration will take place on September 25 in the city center Head of the river at Grangebel park overlooking the Peconic River. Hosted by Reflextions Riverhead, the 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. event will feature live music, food, mugs and beer from four local craft breweries: Long Ireland Beer, North Fork Brewing, Peconic County Brewing and Tradewinds Brewing.

Long Ireland Beer Co. will hold its 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday. October 9 at the Riverhead Brewery. Food trucks will provide German food to pair with the brewery’s Oktoberfest Munich-style Marzen and other beers. Long Ireland will be hosting its annual Stein Holding contest and other fun contests including keg throwing and sausage eating. The festivities will run from noon to 9 p.m. and the everlasting favorite movie Oktoberfest will be shown on the big screen at the end of the evening.

Tanger Outlets in Deer Park will host an Oktoberfest craft beer festival on October 16 with tastings of locally brewed beer and cider. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will have live music and food will be available for purchase, including German specialties.

Garden of Eve Farm Brewery in Riverhead will hold a Oktoberfest celebration on October 16 with craft beers, live music, pumpkin picking and a special Oktoberfest menu. Fun Fields tickets include cart rides, farm animals, a bounce house, go-kart track, and other family-friendly activities.

Wherever you are celebrating Oktoberfest this season, stay safe and Prost!

A full list of Long Island Oktoberfest events can be found at LIBeerGuide.com/li-oktoberfest

Bernie Kilkelly is editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.

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