by Ian McNulty
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of Deutches Haus, the German cultural organization in Mid-City. And once again this fall, its redoubtable brick headquarters and large, walled beer garden hosts the city's largest Oktoberfest each Friday and Saturday evening through the end of the month.
But it's not the only celebration of Bavarian culture on tap around the area this fall.
This weekend, German-born, German-trained master brewer Henryk Orlik and his Heiner Brau brewery will host their third annual Oktoberfest in downtown Covington.
Orlik, once a brewer for Abita Brewing Co., opened Heiner Brau a few years back and has quickly become a boutique brewer for specialty beers, including the "house" beers of John Besh's restaurant Luke and the local Zea chain. Heiner Brau recently expanded its own line of beers, including an Oktoberfest beer, and they are fine renditions of traditional Bavarian brews with the advantage of being made locally. They'll be on sale, along with German-style food, at the Covington Oktoberfest on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Music and kids activities will abound.
And next Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Harrison Avenue Marketplace in Lakeview will take on an Oktoberfest theme. The monthly outdoor market will have German-style food from a wide variety of local restaurants, grocers and caterers, plus plenty of Louisiana dishes, kids activities and live music from the Weiner Schnitzel Orchestra. It's a safe bet the orchestra knows how to play the Chicken Dance.
-- Ian McNulty