Oktoberfest kicked off in Munich Sept. 21, but you can celebrate the renowned German beer festival without leaving the state. Here's a roundup of events, special food items and beers to mark the occasion.
Carbone's Kitchen, 6 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, offers and Oktoberfest menu from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 17 for $45 per person, inclusive of gratuity and tip. The menu includes a montage table featuring assorted meats and cheese and antipasta dishes, pan-seared cochinita with sweet potato hash, veal and roast pumpking ravioli, pork confit, cristpy fied quail and corned beef short ribs. Hooker Imperial porter chocolate cake with hazelnut eespresso sauce is for dessrt. Information: 860-904-2111 and carboneskitchen.com.Cambridge Brew House, 357 Salmon Brook St., Granby, offers special Oktoberfest beers and German-inspired dishes through Oct. 5. Meals include sauerbraten, sausage platter, mustard-brined pork chop, Konigsberger Klopse (meatballs in a mustard-caper cream sauce,) rabbit stew, pork schnitzel, Black Forest cake and apple strudel. Featured Oktoberfest beers include Thomas Hooker, Back East, Hacker Pschorr, Ayinger, Brauerei Hofstetten and CBH's house brews. 860-OLD-BREW, cbhgranby.com.
Madison Beach Hotel, 84 West Wharf Drive, Madison, offers a traditional Oktoberfest menu through Oct. 5. The four-course meal, priced at $45, includes a selection of pretzel-crusted bratwurst with mustard cream sauce and sauerkraut, Riesling-poached salmon and weinerschnitzel with beer-braised red cabbage. Dessert includes a deconstructed Black Forest cake and cherry and vanilla custard, with Kirsch gelee and cherry compote. 203-245-1404, madisonbeachhotel.com.
Barley Vine, 182 Main St., Bristol, features Oktoberfest specials from through Oct. 5. Appetizers ($7) include potato soup, chicken liver pate, bratwurst and potato pancakes. Entrees ($19) include pork roast, Jager schnitzel, Zigeuner schnitzel and sauerbraten. Finish with apple strudel or Bienenstich (almond cake with honey buttercream filling) for $6. Housemade German-style pretzels are $3.
J. Timothy's, 143 New Britain Ave., Plainville, hosts an Octoberfest party Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. with German food stations, beer and live entertainment, including a band and dancers. Tickets are $50; click here to buy. Information: 860-747-6813, jtimothys.com.
The Counter, 50 Memorial Rd., West Hartford, offers special Oktoberfest fare through Oct. 6. Among the specials are the Oktoberfest burger (German beer cheese, sauerkraut, pork belly, beef and mustard on a pretzel bun); Oktoberfest fries (German beer cheese, sauerkraut, and pork belly sprinkled with scallions) and "secret" beer floats. 860-236-8400, thecounterburger.com.
Red Robin features several Oktoberfest-themed items through Nov. 10, including the Oktoberfest burger (topped with Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, beer-mustard sauteed onions and lettuce on a pretzel bun); beer-battered and fried jalapeno cheddar bratwursts; spiced pumpkin pie milkshake and O'fest Beer Shake, with Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, soft-serve ice cream and caramel. redrobin.com.