Zum Schneider: The 56th Annual German-American Steuben Parade of New York marches along 5th Avenue at noon tomorrow and this year they’re being joined by Alphabet City’s biergarten Zum Schneider. Look for their “Rock the Weisswurst” float and then follow it back to their home on Avenue C for a DJd after party starting at 3:30 p.m. The celebration continues September 28th through October 13th, with performances by oompah house band Mosl Franzi & the JaJaJas, lots of giant pretzels and three special Oktoberfest beers on tap.
107 Avenue C at 7th Street, (212) 598-1098
An Extract from:
Wilkommen Oktoberfest! My German Tradition Transformation (http://beautyaroundtown.com/)
“Oktoberfest began October 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich all gathered to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The decision to repeat the “celebration” in subsequest years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest now is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. The celebration is all about community and good cheer with beer drinking, great food, music and dancing.
The dirndl, which has become the sexy Halloween costume here in the U.S., is a traditional german dress based on the historical costume of Alpine Peasants. The dirndl consists of a bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. While appearing to be simple and plain, a properly made modern dirndl may be quite expensive as it is tailored and sometimes cut from costly hand-printed or silk fabrics. So, how did this evolve for me? In 2010, after attending a few German American Events in Colorado and learning how much my husband and I want to connect with our ancestory, I was determined to make a respectable dirndl appearance. I also purchased a real pair of Lederhosen for my husband for his birthday that year….”
Zum Stammtisch: After you reach a certain age, the idea of cramming into crowds of drunken idiots becomes less and less appealing. That doesn’t necessarily mean you want to sit home with the doors barred, either. To that end, take a trip out to Glendale, Queens for a special sit-down dinner that’s guaranteed to be both delicious and bro-free. Owner John Lehner, who’s run Zum Stammtisch since the ’70s, offers a sit down, 4-course meal that includes soup, an appetizers, dinner, dessert and coffee for $60 per person. On October 14th – 17th and 21st – 24, the restaurant offers one seating from 7:30 – 11 p.m. with an in-house band and special Oktoberfest brews to boot, all enjoyed in an old-world style Bavarian tavern.
69-46 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, Queens, (718) 386-3014