The Oktoberfest in Munich was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was a difficult time. Since it was first held in 1810, the two-week festival was canceled several times in the 1800s due to the cholera epidemic and war, and was canceled again in the 1900s during the two World Wars.
Thankfully, this fall, those who still enjoy the spirit of the Oktoberfest on Long Island can enjoy traditional German beer and meals at local craft breweries and restaurants.
Several craft breweries on Long Island are hosting Oktoberfest celebrations. This includes the Bay Shore Unknown Destination Beer Company (DUBCO), which will host its second annual Doubt Fest on September 26th. This year’s event will feature two seats, a traditional German dinner from The Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst, Oktoberfest beer from DUBCO and other local craft beers. Reservations are required. Each session also has a Stein contest to win prizes and the right to brag.
Riverhead’s Long Irish Beer Company will host the 7th Oktoberfest on October 2nd and 3rd. The brewery’s annual Stein Holding Contest will take place on October 3rd. Table reservations for up to 6 people are required.
Franklin Square’s Platts Duesh Park, Long Island’s premier German restaurant and beer garden, serves outdoor dining in the beer garden from Wednesday to Sunday. No reservation required. The large beer garden provides a great deal of social distance while enjoying Wurst, Schnitzel, Sauerbraten and other traditional German dishes, along with a wide selection of German Oktoberfest beers.
The Rowdy Hall pub in East Hampton will offer a special Oktoberfest pricefix menu in October, along with traditional German dishes such as Schnitzel, Weisswurst, Kassler Richen, Potato Pancakes and Bavarian Pretzels. German beers such as Warsteiner, Spaten and Paulaner are tapped to suit your meal.
Belmore’s Oak Chalet, which has been serving delicious German food and beer since 1981, has taken advantage of its large grounds and parking lot to set up an outdoor dining area with a large umbrella and tent. The restaurant celebrates the Oktoberfest with German music by accordionist Frank Lapuano. Every Thursday night until October 29th. The charming chalet-style dining room also offers limited indoor dining.
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