Oktoberfest on Maui… Sort of?

Events — By keithdevey on August 26, 2011 at 4:01 am

I usually have my ear to the floor when it comes to festivals, celebrations, or events on Maui.  When asked about Oktoberfest however, I found myself scratching my head.  I am not quite sure Maui does anything over the top for the German drinking festival.  All our attention is focused on the shenanigans that happen on Front Street for Halloween in October that we forget about the concept of Oktoberfest. If you don’t believe me, see my prior post about the Halloween tradition on Maui.

Well, after deep research I was able to find one location on Maui that is a perfect fit for participating in a small scale Oktoberfest celebration. 

Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Café has the true feeling of being in the oom-pah-pah region instead of the Kahului business district.  This out of the way “Best of Maui” restaurant is a fun and different dining experience. They are open Monday-Friday for lunch around 11:00 and dinner is served from Wednesday – Saturday starting at 5:00 pm.

The chef and owner is from Switzerland and serves a variety of authentic German, Swiss, Austrian, and other European dishes. The average entrée price is between $15 – $30, a reasonable price here on Maui. Brigit & Bernard’s is a small restaurant, but you have the option to eat inside with the many German decorations on the walls or outside where some tables have umbrellas to keep the sun off you on a hot Maui afternoon.

During October this is the restaurant to cater for an Oktoberfest celebration.  Every Friday and Saturday they serve authentic German food along with German beers, such as; Spaten, Becks, and Hefeweissen.  If you aren’t up for a beer, German wines are available.  Listen to German music, click your glasses together with old or new friends, and get a true feeling of what it must be like to visit Germany during an Oktoberfest celebration.

Brigit & Bernard’s is located at 335 Ho’ohana Street in Kahului.  If you are a tourist, you will probably need a map to find this restaurant as it’s not part of a resort destination.  Your local friends can surely direct you to Ho’ohana Street.  Prost! Zum Wohl!- Bottoms Up.

If any readers know of other events happening for Oktoberfest this year please leave a comment and I will update this post with more detailed information.  I’ll probably even attend and write a follow up post!

[Image source: Flickr user K Mick]