When we first started this website, back when it was just a little blog, we didn’t really know anything. Now, we know just slightly more than nothing. At least that’s what it feels like every time I put together one of these summaries of what’s coming up for a certain holiday. When it’s Oktoberfest time, the number of events that are being held here in South Jersey in honor of that great German food and beer celebration seem to grow exponentially from the previous year.
Now, Oktoberfest is not really an American holiday, but that doesn’t stop us from commandeering it and making it our own. Like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, it gives people a chance to drink a lot and wear a different goofy hat. But it also gives folks a chance to sample food of a country that doesn’t get a lot of chatter regarding their food. Let’s face it – how often do you say to your significant other “Y’know, we need to go out to the nearest brauhaus, because I’ve been craving German food something fierce!” But, as with any cuisine, there are some great things as German food…and some really really great things about German beer.
Enough yammering from me…Was geschieht, Heinrich?
Let’s start with this weekend. High Street Grill in Mount Holly is having an Oktoberfest Brunch from 10:30AM to 1PM for only $20 per person; for $30 you get to include two pints of beer, and quite frankly I can’t imagine going to an Oktoberfest celebration and not having beer.
If you want a true brauhaus feel, well then go to a brauhaus, like The Dutchman’s Brauhaus in Manahawkin (OK, Cedar Bonnet Island to be more precise). Their Oktoberfest celebration will take place every Thursday from September 20 through October 11. The German fare is good (I know, I’ve checked), and their beers are most certainly German.
On Friday September 21, Monster Beverage (Cookie Monster sez “Me love Monster Beverage – especially with cookies!”) throws its annual Oktoberfest at Wedgwood Country Club in Turnersville. The party starts at 7PM and will cost you $30 per person at the door and $20 if you buy tickets in advance. German beer, tasty food and plenty of wine will be served. The ticket sales go towards the American Red Cross South Jersey Chapter.
You would expect the local brewpubs to get into the Oktoberfest swing of things, and you would be right! Starting September 22, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade will be having a series of Oktoberfest events and such which will run through October 7. Meanwhile, in Toms River, Artisan’s Brewery & Italian Grill will have their own Oktoberfest food and beer party on September 28 for $50 a person.
The weekend on September 29 and 30 will be a busy one for Oktoberfest festivities, with celebrations going on that Saturday on Jackson Street in Cape May, on 20th Street in Avalon, and at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville. That weekend is also a two-day Beer Festival at Golden Nugget Hotel in Atlantic City. Saturday will be a beer tasting from 7PM to 10PM inside, then on Sunday it’s Oktoberfest on the Deck from 12PM to 6PM outside.
For the following weekend, there’s the Oktoberfest Patio Party at Terra Nova in Sewell at 7PM on October 5. The buffet that night will be $20 per person. On Saturday October 6, it’s the annual Oktoberfest event at Ironstone Village in Medford, which will run from 3PM to 7PM. Historic Smithville will have its Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday and Sunday, and Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City has its annual Grape Stomping “Wurst” Festival on Sunday October 7 from 12PM to 5PM.
And finally, on October 20, it’s the Octoberfest celebration at Excursion Park in Sea Isle City from 11AM to 3PM.