Before Halloween is here, there’s another not-so-spooky way to celebrate the fall: the German holiday of Oktoberfest!
While you're looking forward to dressing up in a costume and nearly getting a cavity from the candy intake, you can don knee socks and feast on bratwursts and beer.
In its native Bavaria, Germany, Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated for 16 days, and this year the fun goes from Sept. 22—Oct. 7. It is one of the most spirited celebrations in Germany, and is a huge part of Bavarian culture.
The first Oktoberfest was in 1810, as part of Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding festivities, and has continued ever since.
Locally, it looks like there’s an Oktoberfest tasting party at Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck. Their Facebook page promises bratwurst from Wisconsin, music by local Craig Edwards, Cottrell memorabilia, old beer steins and beer! Cottress Brewing Company is located at 100 Mechanic Street in Pawcatuck. The tasting party is from 3 p.m . to 6 p.m., call 860-599-8213.
And, if you get started in Pawcatuck and want to keep going, hop on the Connecticut Beer Trail for destinations further afield.
Oktoberfest sends lots of Americans to the store to stock up on sausages and spirits during the celebration. Check out some native German recipes like sauerkraut and potato pancakes or unique beers during the 16-day celebration, they'll have your taste buds saying “danke schön”! You can also try your hand at grilled bratwurst with German potato salad. Finishing off the meal with a German apple strudel is also sure to be a crowd pleaser.
TELL US: How are you going to celebrate Oktoberfest? Do you have any favorite Oktoberfest foods?