Autumn means pumpkin flavored everything, falling leaves, apple cider donuts… and of course Oktoberfest! CT restaurants are celebrating with German inspired fare, seasonal brews, and festivals. From Redding Roadhouse to Rothbard Ale + Larder to Vespa, here are 10 places where you can raise a stein this fall.
- Redding Roadhouse, Redding: Through October 31, Redding Roadhouse will be hosting their 31st annual Oktoberfest. There will be authentic German cuisine, 1-liter bier steins, and a live OOmpah band from 4-8pm every Sunday.
- Rothbard Ale + Larder, Westport: Rothbard Ale + Larder will have their first ever Oktoberfest on Saturday September 24 from 1:30-8pm. There will be authentic German beers and food, games, and music all day long.
- The Hops Company., Derby: T.H.C. (The Hops Company) will celebrate Oktoberfest every Sunday through October 23. Visit them from 3-7pm for free admission, German bands, Oktoberfest inspired fare, and beer.
- Norwich Oktoberfest Pub Crawl, Norwich: On October 1, go on an Oktoberfest pub crawl in downtown Norwich. Visit places like Harp & Dragon, These Guys Brewing, and La Stella Pizzeria.
- Harlan Publick, Norwalk: Harlan Publick will throw an Oktoberfest party on Saturday September 24. The buffet style service, starts at 1pm. It features food like suckling pig, Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, and potato salad. Plus, there will be plenty of German beers on top! It is $50 all inclusive. Join them again on September 27 for their 3rd annual Oktoberfest dinner.
- Max Restaurant Group @ Rosedale Farm, Simsbury:
- Thread City Oktoberfest, Willimantic: The popular Thread City Hop Fest in Willimantic manifests itself as an autumnal celebration with the Thread City Oktoberfest, Join them on October 20 from 6-9pm for seasonal beer and food.
- Old Heidelberg German Restaurant, Bethel: Old Heidelberg in Bethel boasts a beer garden, 40 beers, food, and a German market. Get Oktoberfest specials there through September 25.
- East Side Restaurant, New Britain: It's always Oktoberfest at East Side Restaurant in New Britain.
- The Seehund Oktoberfest, New London: The Seehund in New Britain is known for its German fare. Visit them for face painting, their beir garden, vendors, and live music.
- Saint Clements Castle & Marina, Portland: Saint Clements Castle & Marina in Portland is a destination for wedding and special events. In honor of Oktoberfest, they are hosting a brunch on Sunday September 25 at 11am with German food and music.
- Oktoberfest at St. Peter’s Church, New Britain: Oktoberfest at St. Peter's in New Britain has become so popular, that this year they have three billboards on display. Join them September 24 from 12-8pm for food, games, music, and more. There's plenty to do in their 6,000 square foot tent!
- Vespa, Westport: Vespa in Westport will have an Oktoberfest celebration from September 18 to October 2 as a nod to Executive Chef David White’s German ancestry. There will be a special German inspired a la carte menu during that time. Two Roads will also team up with Vespa on Wednesday September 21 for an Oktoberfest beer dinner
- Hoptoberfest, Shelton: Hoptoberfest arrives in Shelton on October 8. The festival includes beer tastings and lots of wings!
- Dinosaur BBQ, Stamford: Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford will have "Porktoberfest" from October 3-19. During that time, enjoy pork specials or stop by on Mondays at 8pm for a stein hoisting competition.
And a few more late breaking additions...
Cask Republic SoNo: Saturday October 8th in SONO at 5PM we are grilling on the patio (weather permitted) $30.00 (including tax and gratuity) pick and item off the grill with 2 sides and 2 beers.
Cask Republic Stamford: We are starting Oktoberfest Saturday September 24. We will be featuring a couple authentic German dishes and 6-8 Oktoberfest style beers. This celebration will continue for two weeks.
4th Annual RCA Oktoberfest October 1, 4:30-10:00pm: Munich comes to the Rowayton Community Center for the Fourth Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser. Grab your lederhosen for a festive evening of German food, music and bier, horse drawn carriages + sing “Ein Prosit” into the night before the dance floor evolves into a flash mob dance party to cap off the night. This will be the Rowayton event of the season.