New York, prepare to loosen your lederhosen and dig out your dirndls for another Oktoberfest, the belly-busting German celebration of beer, brats and bretzels (also known to some as the Holy Trifecta of Satisfied Bloat). From Bowery brew parties to star-studded affairs in Astoria, there's a whole slew of hoppy hours to attend. Here are the nine best.
Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival's Oktoberfest: Add a little celebrity chef sparkle to your stein-studded celebrations with the Food Network's second annual NYC Wine & Food Festival's Oktoberfest celebration, which takes place in Astoria's spacious Studio Square on October 19th from 2-5 p.m. Hosted by weird eats aficionado Andrew Zimmern and serving snacks from the likes of Alex Stupak and Daniel Boulud, there will also be live music, a wide selection of beers and drinking games.
35-33 36th Street between 36th and 35th Avenues, Queens, (718) 383-1001
Paulaner: One of the pioneering US outposts from legendary München bräuhaus Paulaner, these O.G. Oktoberfesters are ushering in their month-long celebration with a kick-off party on September 20th at 6 p.m. Featuring Master Brewer Andreas Heidenreich's hop-tastic Oktoberfest beer, as well as a special menu from Bavarian-born chef Daniel Kill, it's set to be a delicious celebration of rich malts and roasted meats. But if you're still hungry after eating those weenie-sized wursts, you also have the option to preorder large format feasts like whole duck, suckling pigs and veal shanks.
265 Bowery, (212) 780-0300