Contrary to the celebration’s name, many Oktoberfest events wrap up in September. But don’t worry, if your brain is only just starting to think about fall, there are still plenty of opportunities to munch on sausages and imbibe spicy beers. And of course, that's not all. Also in this week's lineup? Motorcycle shenanigans, latte art battles, food-themed opera (or is it opera-themed food?) and one craaazy pop up going down in Uptown.
Read on for all the best food-and-drink themed extravaganzas that might tickle your fancy.
Thursday, Sept. 29:
Oktoberfest at Black Forest Inn continues -- This is your last weekend for the iconic accordion-laden festival at Black Forest Inn. Expect the usual spread, but unusual them nights. Inexplicably, Friday is David Hasselhoff night (apparently he has a cult following in Germany?), Saturday is black turtleneck night (in honor of 20th century protestors?) and if those oddities don’t inspire you enough, on Sunday, they start dropping the price of beer at 2 p.m. until it’s gone. More info here.
Oktoberfest at Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit continues – This Friday and Saturday evening and next weekend, indulge in smoked pork chops, soft pretzels and live polka music under the big tent. Bring your own beer glass or buy their half-liter mug for $6. A full bar is also available. Entry is free, buy tokens for eats and drinks. More info here.
Saturday, Oct. 1:
Motosota – The trade show goes 12 hours strong – from noon to midnight – so crank up your motorcycle and get over to the parking lot behind Norseman Distillery on Saturday for shenanigans that involve food trucks (El Taco Riendo and Cafe Racer Kitchen), seriously intriguing giveaways (Ivy Lifestyle longboard, anyone?), beer from Fulton Brewery and libations by Norseman for those of you who don’t show up on a two-wheel death trap. More info here.
Loco Duuk 2 – If you’re into crazy pop-ups, this is one not to miss. The folks behind LolaRosa, Cook St. Paul, Dumpling and Union Kitchen are all cramming into the kitchen at Gigi’s Cafe to churn out a cache of “bowls” (think Filipino sausage, orange pork and fire-roasted shrimp) and a tasting menu that will include dumpling soup and kimchi tempura. Drinks and desserts by Gigi’s. More info here.
Tuesday, Oct. 4:
Thursday, Oct. 6:
Latte Art Throwdown – Whether you’ve got foamed milk skills to boast or you just can’t get enough pretty latte Instagrams, head to Bachelor Farmer a week from now for their barista battle. Entry is free for watchers $5 for milk steamers; doors open at 7 and the coffee swirling begins at 8. And if you’d rather wind down than ramp up, there’s also beer in the parking lot. No points will be awarded for artistic beer moustaches. More info here.
Naomi Pomeroy Cookbook Dinner at Spoon and Stable –OK, tickets are sold out for the main event featuring this James Beard award-winning chef from Portland, Ore. But regular patrons can still enjoy a special menu of bar snacks throughout the restaurant. More info here.
St. Paul Food Opera – Visiting some of the restaurants headed by All-Star chefs around these parts can feel like absorbing some serious culture, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that a handful of them are collaborating with Zeitgeist and composer Ben Houge for a super sophisticated weekend. The folks behind St. Paul’s Tongue in Cheek, Saint Dinette, Handsome Hog, Golden’s Lowertown, Izzy’s Ice Cream and Brake Bread are collaborating for a dining experience that will be “paired” with Houge’s musical compilations. More info here.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest – Anything at the State Fair grounds tends to be especially epic and this year’s Oktoberfest doesn’t appear to be any exception. Live performances, games and plenty of vendors will be on site to entertain while you stuff your face and drink yourself silly. Would you expect anything less from the home of the Great Minnesota Get-Together? More info here.
(Photo credit: Kyndell Harkness and Marlin Levison for Oktoberfest; Jen Lee Light for Finnriver ciders)