Ithaca’s Oktoberfest

Local Beer, Wine, Food and Music
Courtesy of Ithaca Oktoberfest

Courtesy of Ithaca Oktoberfest

ITHACA, NY- North Aurora Street was booming with people enjoying local beer, wine and German food tastings at Ithaca’s Third Annual Oktoberfest.

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Kilpatrick’s Pub hosted this event this past Saturday, Oct. 25 from 12-5pm. Tickets were $15.00 for 10 drink tickets and 5 food tickets.

“The Ithaca Oktoberfest was more than just an excuse to openly drink beer on the streets of Ithaca,” says Liam Allman, Hobart ’15, “but a celebration of drinking and eating locally.”

Regional farmers, wineries and breweries came out to celebrate the fall season and show off their best food and drinks. Traditional German dishes like German sauerkraut, bratwurst, turkey drums and much more were also featured.

The German Center Café had one ticket tastings of Kartoffelpuffer, potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream, which supplied a balance of sweet and savory flavors. They also had Spinatknodel, a soft and doughy German potato and spinach pierogi. And finally the Schokocreme torte, a creamy Bavarian chocolate pie, which had a soft crust topped with whipped cream.

Along with the food vendors were six breweries and wineries available for tasting.

One brewery called Bandwagon Brewpub had the only beer at the event named Oktoberfest. Their other beers were a Pirate Eye IPA, NYS Traditionale, High Step Weizenbock and Pumpkin Ale. After running out of those widely popular five beers, they brought out an unexpected Sweet Potato Ale.

“I loved the Sweet Potato Ale and the thick Coffee Porter,” says Abbe Lentz, William Smith ’15. The Coffee Porter was featured at the Wagner Valley Brewery and was thick and smooth beer with a kick of Ithaca Coffee Co Red Rooster Espresso.

Liam Allman, '15 enjoying a beer tasting at the Bandwagon Brewpub tent

Liam Allman, ’15 enjoying a beer in front of the Bandwagon Brewpub tent

Other featured breweries and wineries included: Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Ithaca Beer Company, Bacchus Brewing Company, and the Six Mile Creek Vineyard.

Live music also rang through Oktoberfest which added soft background music to the buzzing event. From 12-2 pm The Hilltoppers played traditional Bluegrass favorites and from 2-4:30 pm Radio London who is “one of Ithaca’s best dance bands” according to Downtown Ithaca closed the event with their upbeat music.

“The fest itself provided community members and visitors to the city with a way to experience local drink and cuisine while enjoying the atmosphere of a vibrant and engaged community,” says Allman.

This year’s Oktoberfest did not disappoint, and it can be expected that the popularity of this event will only grow from year to year as long as the delicious beer, wine and food keep coming back.

To learn more about annual events happening in Ithaca, check out this article on Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival that happened Oct. 3-5.

Clare is the Copy Editor of Zap-Ed-News. She is studying Media and Society and English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is part of the William Smith Class of 2015.