Oktoberfest events are still in full swing this week, with two more outdoor festivals on the list that will draw hundreds. There’s also a wine tasting in Roanoke worth the drive, a beer dinner at a South Fort Worth brewery featuring a special guest chef, and one festive cocktail contest that benefits a prestigious piano competition.
Tuesday, October 1
Funky Picnic Beer Dinner with Stefon Rishel
Former Max’s Wine Dive chef Stefon Rishel, who’s preparing to open his new restaurant, Wishbone & Flynt, will appear at the Near Southside brewery and café to help chef Josh Rangel prepare a five-course meal. (The dinner was previously scheduled for September 24, but Rishel welcomed a new baby last week, hence the date change.) Together they’ll crank out sweet corn panna cotta; roasted pumpkin spinach salad; a ballotine of rabbit with truffled mousse; Texas redfish with blue corn grits and chow chow; and sweet potato beignets. Each late harvest-inspired course will be paired with a Funky Picnic brew. The dinner with beers is $85 per person and begins at 7 pm.
Wednesday, October 2
Cliburn Cocktail Competition
Hosted by the Cliburn 180° young professional group and benefiting the 2021 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, this buzzy competition sees local teams compete to create the tastiest craft cocktail made with TX Whiskey. The competition will take place at the home of the featured spirit, Whiskey Ranch, and tickets include bites, cocktails, and live music. (Home bartenders, there’s still an opportunity to enter to compete.) Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 at the door. The competition begins at 6 pm and ride-sharing is recommended.
Thursday, October 3
3V Tasting: Rombauer
The Roanoke wine bar hosts another themed tasting this week, this time featuring Napa’s revered Rombauer Vineyards. (Fun fact: Founder Koerner Rombauer was a pilot and once lived in Dallas.) The tasting is $45 per person and includes five wines and a cheeseboard. Visit anytime between 5-8 pm.
Friday, October 4
Admission is free to this three-day festival at Southlake Town Square. Food vendors include Little German Kitchen, Helga’s Strudel, The BratHaus, SpatzleHaus, and local favorites Sweetie’s Cheesecakes and Colleyville’s Loveria Caffe. Go for live music daily, stein hoisting competitions, kid-friendly activities, and local artisan vendors. The event will run 4-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, and 12-8 pm Sunday.
Saturday, October 5
9th Annual Octoberfest at T&P Tavern
There’ll be nearly a dozen authentic Oktoberfest beers on tap at this annual celebration of German food, music, and culture. Pair them with German pretzels, bratwurst with sauerkraut, jagerschnitzel, and more. The live music begins at 1 pm, and festive contests will take place throughout the day. Admission is free, and the party will roll on from noon to midnight.