Break out the lederhosen and flex your stein-holding muscles. With the first day of fall comes the beginning of Oktoberfest season, when bars all over town host German-inspired parties. This week there are two notable celebrations — one established and one big and brand new. Fall also means the launch of fall flavors, and there’s a pie and ice cream pairing that’ll showcase seasonal favorites. Hone your exotic cooking skills with a hands-on class, and taste the best of all things British with a culinary festival that also begins this week.
Wednesday, September 19
Taste of India Cooking Class at Locavore
The shared commercial kitchen will serve as the space for this hands-on cooking class. Participants will explore the secrets of Indian spices while creating dishes like chicken curry, jeera rice (Indian cumin rice), raita (a yogurt-based side dish), and more. Space is very limited and reservations are $59 per person. The class begins at 6 pm, and guests are welcome to B.Y.O.B.
Passport United Kingdom at Central Market
Celebrate all things British during this two-week festival that will showcase the tastiest items the United Kingdom has to offer. Customers can embark on a culinary voyage throughout the stores, featuring popular foods and wines from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Expect artisanal meat pies, fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, Scottish salmon, and Earl Grey in every form. Special cooking classes and events will take place at the Fort Worth and Southlake locations. Passport will run through October 2.
Saturday, September 22
A Pie and Ice Cream Affair
Sweet Lucy’s Pies will visit Gypsy Scoops for a sweet collaboration, just in time for the first days of fall. The Race Street ice cream parlor will launch seasonal flavors like pumpkin pecan pie, maple walnut,and cinnamon apple while Sweet Lucy’s Pies will serve slices of salted caramel chocolate chess, TX Whiskey pecan, and brown butter pear pies. Get a slice and scoop together for $7, or go early to buy whole pies while they last. The pop-up will run from 12:30-3:30 pm or until sell-out.
8th Annual Oktoberfest at T&P Tavern
The doors open at 12 pm at the downtown bar and restaurant for this all-day affair, which will celebrate German culture with authentic food, beer, and entertainment. Enjoy jagerschnitzel, knackwurst, bratwurst, and German pretzels. Wash it all down with nearly a dozen different types of German beer. Go dressed in your best lederhosen (there’ll be a contest for a cash prize), and practice bicep curls now for the stein-holding competition. There’ll be live music from 2-9 pm, and admission is free.
Texas Live, the flashy new Arlington dining destination and event venue, will host its inaugural Oktoberfest event with live music by Brave Combo. Note that VIP tickets ($45 per person) include complimentary German-inspired food and beer (while it lasts) and early entry at 12 pm. Purchase regular admission tickets for $20 to get in at 1 pm, and pay for whatever you eat or drink. The event will run until 5 pm.