Oktoberfest Features Pop-Up Bier Garden and Michelin Chef Wolfgang Ban
Celebrated Austrian chef and owner of the Edi & the Wolf in Midtown, NY and Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar in the East Village, NY, Ban created a three-course menu for the Bier Garden Pop Up Restaurant with pairings by Radeberger beer sometimes referred to as the keeper of the German beer culture.
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The cost for the pop up is $55 per person and includes the dinner, admission and a meet-and-greet with Radeberger representatives and Ban himself. Ban worked with a German butcher to come up with the pairings. The theme of the dinner, as it always should be, is sausage: bratwurst, Nürnburger sausage, kielbasa and currywurst. Vegetarian options will be available.
Prior to opening his restaurants, Chef Ban spent eight years in New York City as executive chef for the Austrian ambassador to the United Nations and as executive chef for the restaurant located in the German Mission to the United Nations.
For those who know nothing of beer, Oktoberfest is Germany's 16-day fall harvest festival. It is as much about the food as the suds, All of the ingredients to make beer are harvested in Germany in fall. The evnt was first held in early October, but it was moved back to coincide with German reunification. If anything unifies people, it ought to be beer.
"Harvest festivals have a long history," Ban says. "It's kind of like tradition and history, but the idea was to celebrate the harvest. Usually Oktoberfest beer is strong beer."
The Brickell Oktoberfest taks place from 6 p.m. to midnight on October 5, from 2 p.m. to midnight on October 6 and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 7.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Beers cost $6-8 and food costs $4-12. VIP tickets cost $100 per day or $200 for a three-day pass and ticket holders will have access to a furnished private tent, bite size dishes and unlimited Radeberger beer.
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