Yes, it's time once again to bust out the dirndls or pull on the lederhosen for a couple of Maui-style Oktoberfests. T-shirts, shorts and slippers will also present nicely at these beer-swilling festivities.
Two Maui restaurants are brewing with fun and it will be easy to have a good stein. You may clank icy mugs of German bier, roll out the shaka, and enjoy an authentic Bavarian buffet at the popular Brigit & Bernard's Gardencafe.
"While most of the year we serve a mixture of German, Swiss, Austrian and other European specials, Fridays and Saturdays in October is all German food at its best," says Chef-owner Bernard Weber. "To get a glimpse you may try a sampler platter for lunch - without the live music.
The live oompah band, the Dorfmusikanten, include Anne Durham, keyboards, (from left); Jimmy Coulter, drums; Lisa Owen, tuba; and Jerry Eisenberg, clarinet. The band will play at Brigit & Bernard’s Gardencafe from 5 p.m. to closing Fridays and Saturdays in October, with one exception. They’ll start later this Saturday, as three of them have booked another engagement as the Umpapa Trio at the Hyatt’s Oktoberfest bash starting at 5 p.m. that day.
Photo courtesy of The Village Musicians
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Chef Bernard Weber’s gardencafe was voted Best German Restaurant in The Maui News.
So come to Brigit & Bernard's from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays this month and choose from the plate of bratwurst with pork roast, German potato salad and sauerkraut; or sauerbraten, meat loaf, spaetzle and red cabbage. The plates cost $19.95 and $20.95 respectively.
"To get the full treat you have to pay a visit to the all-you-can-eat buffet," says Weber. "Everything is made from scratch, including the bread, lentil soup as a starter, sauerkraut, red cabbage, Kraut salad, spaetzle and warm German potato salad."
Entrees include schweins haxen ( slowly roasted ham), bockwurst and bratwurst dipped in special house-made sweet mustard, meat loaf, roasted chicken and sauerbraten - all as authentic as the colorful outfits of the wait staff.
Brigit & Bernard's Gardencafe: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Oktoberfest buffet for $38 from 5 p.m. until closing every Friday and Saturday throughout the month. This Saturday, however, it starts at 6:30 p.m.
What's more: Brigit & Bernard's is located at 335 Ho'ohana Street in the Kahului Industrial Area. There will be live oompah music. The desserts and drinks are a la carte. Or you may also order German plates Fridays for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further details, call 877-6000.
Hyatt event: 'Umalu restaurant at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will host its first anniversary from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. German music will be followed by dance music. Cost of $25 per person includes six food and drink tickets. For reservations, call 661-1234.
Oktoberfest is for beer drinkers and those who like shots of Jaegermeister, so those 21 and younger are better left at home. Listen, dance and clank mugs to the music of the Dorfmusikanten, aka the Village Musicians, as you sip special Oktoberfest editions of such beers as Spaten, Becks, Hefeweissen, as well as German wines. All drinks and desserts such as apple strudel with vanilla sauce are served a la carte.
The chic, poolside 'Umalu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is set to celebrate its first anniversary from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday with live music, beers, brats and prizes. The Umpapa Trio will perform authentic German music from 5 to 7 p.m. Then the New Project will provide dance music from 7 to10 p.m.
Guests may enjoy both island-style and German grinds paired with plenty of draft beer, house wine, and well drinks. A cash bar will also be available for additional food or beverages.
Do the chicken dance to German-style frankfurters, bockwurst and Bavarian brats - all simmered in Bavarian beer, finished on the grill and served with sauerkraut, onions, pickles, relish, assorted mustards and hot sauces, parmesan, jalapenos, creamy horseradish and gourmet rolls.
The menu also includes Uncle Kimo's ahi poke nachos, edamame guacamole, lomilomi salsa, and Surfing Goat Dairy chevre and firecracker caviar
Or dig into Snake River Farms Kobe beef sliders on poi rolls with gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized Maui onion topped with harissa aioli; and "Maui Waui"-style grilled mahimahi fish tacos with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, aioli and lime.