By Stephen E. Lipken
The first Oktoberfest was held on Park Place in Bronxville on Sunday, October 7th, featuring music, cornhole, Giant Jenga games and wide variety of food and drink. An estimated 350 adults and children attended.
Pete’s Tavern rolled out the beer as, “The Polka Brothers” and “Umpah 4” played traditional music for the occasion.
“The Chamber is extremely excited with our first Oktoberfest, hoping to make it an annual tradition,” Bronxville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nicole Tuck stated. “We want to thank Pete’s Tavern for being our big sponsor; along with Ladle of Love; J.C. Fogarty’s; Taco Project; Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop; Found Herbal; and Merit Auto Body with Bronxville Motors, who provided special beer mugs for the day.”
Andy Lopez from Taco Project hopes to open their restaurant, “by the end of the year. Come by and meet us. We are located in Yonkers and Tarrytown right now, but we should be seeing you soon.”
Ladle of Love, located on Palmer Avenue across from NY-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital featured Brown Ale Chili (the ale donated by Beer Noggin), Lederhosen Potato Leek soup and their signature soup – Best of Westchester Harvest Celebration, along with Bavarian pretzels, chips, hummus and healthy snacks.
Jennifer Lampert, one of the owners from Ladle of Love and a Chamber member said, “This is a very exciting event that we have been working on for a long time.”
For those perhaps imbibing too much beer, Found Herbal offered “Hangover Tea” and “Detox Oxymel.”
“Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop has existed since 1925,” owner and 30-year Chamber member Bob Krause remarked. “My dad Robert Krause, Sr. provided the flowers for Teddy and Joan Kennedy’s Bronxville wedding in 1958.”
Dondre Wilson and partner Jorry Jenkins-Snaith of Dobbs and Bishop Fine Cheese on Pondfield Road sold a variety of cheese and pickles platters.
“We’re a specialty food store,” cheese monger Wilson said. “We major in cheese, nuts and accompaniments for different party platters.”
“Our Chamber of Commerce put it together so efficiently,” Mayor Mary C. Marvin observed. “I would love this to be a yearly tradition…”