Oom-pah to Oktoberfest

at Brigit & Bernards Garden Cafe Kahului

Owner-chef Bernard Weber raises a stein with Munich native Jacqueline Duperret. -- The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Oktoberfest will kick off Saturday and Sunday at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului and run the next four weekends.

“The Oktoberfest in Munich was moved many years ago to September, because the temperatures are more appealing for drinking beer,” says Bernard Weber, owner chef. “So we decided to start ours in September, too. Maui-style may not be the right word because everything is as authentic as it gets on our all-you-can-eat buffet.”

Savor bratwurst, sauerkraut, sauerbraten, spaetzle, grilled haehnchen (chicken), lentil soup with wuerstchen, German potato salad, pork roast and braised red cabbage.

House sweet mustards, goulash, Bavarian meat loaf and pretzel buns are also on the buffet that costs $42 per person. Apple strudel with vanilla sauce is priced a la carte.

All that authentic, hearty fare pairs perfectly with authentic German beer and Brigit & Bernards has it on tab and in bottles.

“Spaten Oktoberfest, Bitburger and Stella Artoise are on draft and Erdinger Hefe Weizen is in bottles. It is getting harder every year to get these speciality beers over here in time, and we worked really hard to get the supplies ready,” says Weber.

Part of the Dorfmusikantens will perform sans the bandleader Lisa Owen, who is recovering from some health issues. There will be a donation box for those who want to assist.

* For reservations, call 877-6000.