One of the most famous festivals in Germany is Oktoberfest, a 16-day celebration of beer held annually in Munich that dates back to 1810. Today, Oktoberfest attracts over six million people from around the world. In Connecticut, our brew festivals may not last 16 days but they do give people the chance to enjoy a variety of beer and the opportunity to try traditional German food.
In Bridgeport's Harbor Yard, www.websterbankarena.com on September 28 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. the Harbor Light Foundation is hosting it's second annual Harbor Brew Fest. This unforgettable beer festival "taps off" with a Brewers Special from 12 noon to 1 p.m. that will provide early attendees with samples of reserve and specialty brews an hour before general admission in addition to exclusive access to the Brewer's Beer Garden. Tickets for the Brewer's Special are $60.
General admission to this event begins at 1 p.m. and a $40 ticket will get you an unforgettable day of beer tasting and even includes a special beer tasting glass. Starting at 1 p.m. a different keg of beer will be tapped each hour through 5 p.m. in the Beer Garden. Festivalgoers will enjoy delicious snacks from several of the state's favorite food trucks and be entertained by local bands. Designated driver tickets for those that want to enjoy the food and music and that don't sample the beer are offered for $10. You must be 18 or older to attend this event. Part of the proceeds will go to the Harbor Light Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides special programming for children. For more information visit www.harborlightfoundation.org.
On September 28 and 29, Middlebury's Quassy Amusement Park located on 2132 Middlebury Rd. www.quassy.com is holding it's twenty-second annual "Oktoberfest". There will be traditional German fare such as knackwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato pancakes and roast pork served up in the festively decorated pavilion. There will be traditional music beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day. Joe Stanky & His Cadets will perform on Saturday and John Stevens’ Doubleshot on Sunday, both bands are from Pennsylvania and are sure to be crowd pleasers. To keep the atmosphere convivial during band intermissions the Harugari Junior Schuhplattlers dance group will entertain attendees on Saturday and the Alpenland Tanzer Dancers will perform on Sunday. Best of all, admission to the Oktoberfest Pavilion is free (food, beverages and rides are not). Parking for this event is $6.