Oktoberfest festival coming to York City

Sean Philip Cotter
  • The Oktoberfest York festival will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cherry Lane.

Time to bust out the lederhosen and get ready for some beers and meat — Oktoberfest week is coming to York City.

The York City Independent Restaurant Association's latest theme week turns local restaurateurs toward an Oktoberfest theme starting Sept. 17 with a festival in Cherry Lane with food, music and, importantly, beer.

That Saturday event, running from 2 to 6 p.m. in the open space in Cherry Lane in York City, will cost $5 to attend. Tickets are available online at oktoberfestyork2016.eventbright.com. Meagan Feeser, the event organizer, said Friday afternoon that 73 of the 200 tickets had been purchased, so she expects the event to sell out.

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It will feature food from nearby restaurants Baron von Schwein, Mudhook Brewery, King Brat and York City Pretzel Co., and drinks from Mudhook and Tutoni's. The Alpenlaenders will be there, playing their alphorns, which are long, wooden, Swiss instruments.

This festival will kick off a week in which various restaurants around the city will have Oktoberfest-themed food and drink, but the special menus haven't been worked out yet, Feeser said.

Oktoberfest York

Feeser organizes the restaurant association's events along with Philip Given, with whom she owns York City Pretzel Co. at 39 W Market St. Feeser, who is also Downtown Inc's communications director, said about 10 to 20 restaurants participate in the association.

After the success of a few years of the annual restaurant week in February, the restaurateurs wanted to have more organized events like that. So this year they held grilled cheese day, burger week and, most recently, crab week at the start of August.

The Alpenlaenders play their alphorns at Yorktoberfest in October 2014.

She said crab week and the Oktoberfest week both play off of established York-area food tropes: close to the Chesapeake Bay, crab is popular, and the German heritage of many York countians means that the cuisine of Deutschland is familiar to people in the area.

"We play to our strengths and play to our audience," she said.

This Cherry Lane festival is the first place-specific event with tickets that the restaurant association has put on. She said the association hopes to put a little bit of money together to better advertise for future events.

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This is a separate event from Yorktoberfest, a wine-and-beer festival organized by CrocodileDog Marketing. That one is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

Okoberfest York will have various kinds of beer; representatives from several distributors such as The Beer Ace will be there — and could well be dressed festively.

"I've been promised lederhosen," Feeser said.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.