As the air gets its first few nips of fall and the leaves begin to turn, thoughts turn to hearty food and drink, and for some that translates into Oktoberfest.
That will be the heart of a new fund-raiser for Trackside, which will present its first Oktoberfest at the teen center on Station Road, Saturday, Oct. 3, from 7:30 to 11. It will feature German food and beverages, live music, a silent auction, and a display BMW.
The Oktoberfest is the result of a discussion among Trackside board members earlier this year, Executive Director Mark Ketley said. “We wanted to try something new … we thought Oktoberfest would be a fun thing.”
The evening will be an adults-only event, with food from Marly’s restaurant and beverages from the Wilton Wine Shoppe.
There will be a menu of passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres including chicken kielbasa skewers, Reuben spring rolls, sausage-sauerkraut fritters, German deviled quail eggs, pork sausage-stuffed mushrooms, potato pancakes with creme fraiche and applesauce, German beer and cheese fondue with warm baguette, stroganoff meatballs, and freshly baked pretzels.
German music will set the tone before Dylan Connor and the Epic Poets take the stage around 9. Westport natives, the Epic Poets have toured in major cities across the U.S. and performed with high-profile New York and Connecticut bands. Guests can look forward to hearing covers of REM, The Beatles, Talking Heads, The Who, David Bowie and more.
On the way in to the festivities, guests will get a look at a new BMW i3, an all-electric vehicle that was voted Best Green Car of the Year 2015.
BMW of Ridgefield is one of the event’s sponsors and the car, along with informational materials, will be parked right out in front of Trackside.
Attendees will receive free gifts when they arrive at the Oktoberfest and during the night they will have a chance to win a silent auction and raffle featuring restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia, NFL and NBA tickets, rides to school in a police car, a party for 15 from Bounty Gourmet burgers food truck, and a YMCA membership. Even a special visit from Santa to a child’s home will be available.
All proceeds from the Oktoberfest help Trackside provide a safe environment for Wilton’s teens, who do not pay to drop in at the teen center.
Tickets to the Oktoberfest are $55. For information, or to purchase tickets, visit trackside.org, or call 203-834-2888.