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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Back when River Rocktoberfest invaded Black Rock and Riverside on Sept. 28, the balmy weather didn’t match the romanticized idea of Germany’s Oktoberfest: where revelers are protected inside from the chilly evening with a potent pint of beer surrounded by dozens of increasingly rowdy friends.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Broadway Market will host its second annual Oktoberfest and this year—with construction preventing the Buffalo Central Terminal from scheduling its regular lederhosen-laden celebration—expect the atmosphere at 999 Broadway St. to bustle.

“People think we’re only open at Easter,” Broadway Market manager Kathy Peterson said in a brief interview this morning. “We’re trying to change that [perception] and hold more events so people are aware we’re actually open six days per week.”

Community Beer Works, Flying Bison and the venerable Adam Mickiewicz Library will have seasonal beers in tow, and the market’s 30 regular vendors will be joined by several holiday vendors—the 40 fall and winter vendors trickle in as the weather cools.

Broadway Market manager Kathy Peterson noted that D’Avolio, Tammy’s Candy, Vetter Vineyards Winery and Chateau Buffalo are a few of the seasonal vendors who’ll vend on Saturday.

Music will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Schnickelfritzers, a Buffalo-based German band that “own a repertoire of authentic German beer-drinking songs.” We suppose it’s a little subjective as to what constitutes a good “beer-drinking song,” but we’re not going to doubt Germans in this instance.

The German musicians will occupy the Broadway Market’s stage, while the beer vendors will invade the usual food court area. Ten oz. craft beers run for $4 apiece, but the event as a whole is free to attend.

While the Broadway Market obviously picks up steam for Paczki Day through Easter, when the ageless building (well, since 1888) on the fringes of downtown Buffalo welcomes almost 100 vendors at its peak.

(Bunny photo courtesy of S.J. Velasquez from last year’s Easter festivities at Broadway Market. Beer photo is a Dusseldorf Style Altbier from Flying Bison during last year’s Buffalo Beer Week.)

TAGGED: adam mickiewicz library, broadway market, community beer works, flying bison, kathy peterson, oktoberfest, the schnickelfritzers

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