An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Sep 26, 2013
11:13 AMThe Connecticut Table
Oktoberfest Events in Full Swing All Over Connecticut
Bavaria’s traditional Oktoberfest in Munich—one of the Germany’s most famous events, and the world’s largest fair—is already in full swing in Munich. The festival typically attracts over six million visitors from around the world, who come to enjoy schweinshaxe (ham hock), steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) and würsti (sausages)—washed down with copious amounts of Oktoberfest beer, of course (7 million liters one year).
Connecticut celebrations are a bit lower key perhaps, but lots of fun if you’re a lover of German food and beer. The Redding Roadhouse is going all out this year, with a month-long Oktoberfest from Sept. 29 to Oct. 27. THere will be a big indoor-outdoor beer hall out back, and on Sundays there will be late afternoon fun with an oompah band playing traditional volkstumliche musik. A variety of Oktoberfest brews and local craft beers will rotate through the month, and the German menu will feature all of our favorite usual suspects—bratwurst steamed in beer with sauerkraut, potato pancakes, wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten and smoked pork chop baked in sauerkraut with apples and grapes. For dessert, there’s apple strudel and luscious Black Forest cake.
There are plenty of other places around the state doing Oktoberfest this year. Sono Brewhouse too is marking the celebration through the end of October with delicious-sounding dishes like sauerbraten with potato pancakes and red cabbage; grilled salmon with Brie sauce, apple fennel sauerkraut and herbed spaetzle; and wiener schnitzel with potato pancakes and Hunter's Sauce.
At Old Heidelberg in Bethel. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29, the action takes place from noon on in the biergarten, with tents, kids’ entertainment, Oktoberfest beer and foods, music and fun. On the menu: bratwurst grinders, a wurst sampler and either pork shank, roast chicken or smoked pork chop with potato salad and sauerkraut.
The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point in Stamford is jammed with revelers every night through Oct. 5, enjoying pretzels and beer, live music and German foods from food trucks. Beeratthepoint.com.
Angelico’s Lake House in East Hampton is doing Oktoberfest Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 6 out in the beer garden or inside by the fireplace.
At Cambridge Brew House in Granby, the celebration goes on through Oct. 5 with Oktoberfest beers from Thomas Hooker, Back East, Hacker Pschorr, Ayinger, Brauerei Hofstetten as well as CBH’s own brews. On the menu: sauerbraten, mustard brined pork chop, rabbit stew, pork schnitzel, Black Forest Cake and apple strudel.
And let’s not forget wonderful East Side Restaurant in New Britain, Connecticut's oldest German restaurant, where it’s Oktoberfest all year long.Oktoberfest Events in Full Swing All Over Connecticut