Clank steins at Brigit & Bernard’s Oktoberfest

Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe will tempt you to do the chicken dance, clank beer steins and feast on authentic German fare Fridays and Saturdays this month, starting Oct. 11 and 12.

Maui’s only German-themed restaurant is a winner of numerous awards, and its owner takes this annual event seriously. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen and you’ll get 10 percent off the food.

The buffet will start at 6 p.m. each night it’s offered, and the Village Musicians (Dorfmusikanten) will play oom-pah-pah tunes at 6:30 pm. You may also enjoy lunch platters on Fridays only.

“While some people think Oktoberfest started as a harvesting fest or to get rid of old beer inventory, it was invented for the wedding of a Bavarian prince in 1810,” says Brigit & Bernard’s owner-chef, Bernard Weber. “Today it is the biggest party in the world, drawing over 7-million visitors from all countries imaginable.”

In Germany, chefs in festzelts (tents) will serve more than 525,000 chickens, 350,000 bratwursts and go through 118 bulls, he says.

Brigit & Bernard’s event is cozier, but it would not be the smallest in Munich. The all-you-can-eat buffet features lentil and wurst soup, and German potato and kraut salads as bases for bratwurst and roast chicken dishes. Spaetzle pairs with Bavarian meat loaf while braised red cabbage goes with sauerbraten and sweet mustard. Cost is $38 per person. Desserts such as apfelstrudel with vanilla bean sauce, German beers and shots of jaegermeister are extra.

For Oktoberfest reservations, call 877-6000.