Frog And Onion Pub, Dockyard Brewing unite to create special Oktoberfest menu
If you haven't been able to journey across the globe to Munich, Germany to sample authentic Oktoberfest beers, sausage and strudel, then your next best bet might be just a car ride away in Dockyard.
The Victualling Yard at the Royal Naval Dockyard will be abuzz next week Thursday to Sunday, as Frog And Onion Pub and the Dockyard Brewing Company work to create an exciting festival environment to rival the European original.
Brewmaster Jim McLennan has been busy over the past two months concocting the perfect beer in honour of the local celebration.
While executive chef Derek Myers, from the Island Restaurant Group, has designed a mouth watering menu of traditional German delights.
“In the main tent people get a choice between a half chicken or sausage, which comes with a helping of sauerkraut, German potato salad, soft pretzels and apple strudel, so they get a full meal,” Mr Myers said.
Diners who chose to book a spot at Frog And Onion Pub can sample special menu items like Wiener schnitzel, a dumpling dish known as Spatzle or Beer and Cheese Soup.
The chef suspected that the schnitzel would be a hit with residents “because it's a traditional German food and not many people make it on the Island”.
But Mr Myers said all the dishes would have a traditional flavour, similar to the kind of foods his German grandparents treated him to while growing up.
“We are importing four types of traditional German made sausage from the US, so people can get the authentic flavours of the Oktoberfest celebrations,” he said.
“The menu will feature nice, traditional, hearty German foods and we will be using beer in a lot of different things, like the Beer and Cheese soup, as well as poaching the sausage in beer.”
Phillip Barnett, President of IRG, said one of the draws for the event was the unique, locally made beer, created specifically for the occasion.
Each weekend for the past two months, Mr Barnett has been able to sample the evolution of the beer and make sure it's exactly perfect for the event.
“My wife and I really like where it is now because as much as it has a nice, full flavour and really clean flavour, it also drinks really easily and doesn't have that hoppy after taste that a lot of other craft beers can have. It doesn't leave a lingering taste on your palate.
“People think that after taste gives complexity, but when you are having fun there's nothing like a really clean beer. It also has a cross appeal between women and men as they can both enjoy it,” he said.
Produced in Dockyard, the beer's flavour has been shaped by the Island's atmosphere, the local air and was made using fresh Bermuda rain water.
Another Oktoberfest beer created by sponsors Sam Adams will be on offer at the festival.
“People can try the two and see the difference between them,” Mr Barnett said. “Both are made in a classic, traditional way and I think there will be a real appeal there.”
He said the historical aspect of Dockyard was one the best parts of the event; the entertainment is also something not to be missed.
Attendees are welcome to swing and sway to music from award-winning international brass band Oompah Brass, who play modern hits from the likes of Britney Spears and legendary rock band Queen, as well as traditional German drinking and toasting songs.
DJ Felix Tod will also be playing music for the crowd, while Tony Brannon will serve as Emcee.
Mr Barnett, a Somerset resident, said he came up with the idea for the festival while walking through the Victualling Yard on his occasional trips to Dockyard.
“I would think how magnificent it would be for a festival of sorts to be up here and not something expensive or outrageous, just something people from the community could come out to and get close, elbow to elbow, Oktoberfest style, where you can drink and just be merry.
“I think it's phenomenal to have a non traditional band come down and play. It's just going to be interesting and unique and fresh.”
He encouraged people to come out and support events like this, particularly those individuals who want to see organisers continue to host exciting, out of the box activities in Bermuda.
Beer costs $8 a glass, while the meal costs around $25. A table of ten in the festival tent can run between $100 and $1,000, depending on what kind of package you want. For more specific details on pricing and to order tickets, visit www.ptix.bm.
For more information visit www.irg.bm or visit the event's Facebook page: ‘Oktoberfest in Bermuda'.