Downtown Ithaca’s Third Annual Ithaca Oktoberfest

Downtown Ithaca’s Third Annual Ithaca Oktoberfest – October 25 – 12-5pm 2014 in Downtown Ithaca on the 200 block of Aurora Street. Hosted by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Kilpatrick’s Pub to celebrates the fall with Beer, Wine, and German Food Tastings! Sample Finger Lakes wines and beers as well as tasty morsels from local restaurants and food vendors!  The Ithaca Oktoberfest is full of rich harvest season celebrations complete with live music from Ithaca’s own Radio London one of Ithaca’s best dance bands, playing great tunes from the golden age of Top 40 radio.  Opening for Radio London will be The Hilltoppers, a Bluegrass experience you will not forget!

OctoberCup 2014 Winners – 

Best Beer – Bacchus Brewing – Flora’s Fate Pale Ale
Meet Flora. In Roman mythology she is the  goddess of flowers and, get this, drinking! She is charged with renewing the cycle of life.  This light little lady is bourgeoning with flavor and a flowery aroma while maintaining a low profile and ABV. Our house 2-Row base malt is supported here with Vienna, German Carapils, and Acidulated malts that leave you with a light body, clean mouth feel, and crisp finish. Loads of Chinook and Ahtanum hops are dropped for bitterness and aroma. Lastly, this tasty number is dry-hopped with the unique hop blend, Falconer’s Flight. Take time to stop and smell the flowers and be renewed. ABV: 4.5% OG: 1.053 IBU: 51.22 SRM: 4.7

Runner up Best Beer – Ithaca Beer Company – Flower Power IPA
Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously Punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

3rd Best Beer – Wagner Valley Brewery – “Hop Tropic”
Brewers Artist Series Brew with a super tropical, juicy IPA with artwork by Ithaca’s own Jay Stokes!

Tickets: ON SALE STARTING SATURDAY AT NOON – (200 N. Aurora Street)
Tickets can be purchased Saturday Oct. 25th starting at noon in front of CTB downtown on Aurora Street.
Bring Your ID to be able to purchase tickets and be wristbaned (over 21)
Tickets are $15 for 10 drink samples and 5 food samples.
*** Larger food portions will be available for purchase
If you have questions please call the office at 607-277-8679.
(PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE Now CLOSED)- If you prepurchased tickets you can pick them up at the WILL CALL TICKET BOOTH located on 200 North Aurora Street starting at noon on Saturday October 25 in the express line upon presentation of identification (over 21).

FOR EVENT MAP – Click Here-  printable version

What to look for in 2014

Local favorite microbreweries will be competing in the Oktoberfest championship for best beer. The first Champion of the “Oktobercup” was Cortland Beer Company in 2012 followed by Hopshire Farm Brewery in 2013. Hopshire will be back with 4new entries to defend the title of best brew. Other competitors include Bandwagon, Bacchus Brewing, Wagner Valley Brewery and Ithaca Beer Company. Local farm goods and food tastings will be available at every turn this year starting with Alan Teeters fresh Apple Cider.  Haven’t gotten your pumpkins yet? Get one at the Ithaca Oktoberfest while supplies last.

beer tasting

Food: German sauerkraut, bratwurst, turkey drums, funnel cake and much more . . .
Red’s Place – Kielbasa & Kraut
Kilpatrick’s Publick House (host) – Turkey Drum
Ithaca Ale House – Pumpkin Soup
Collegetown Bagels – German Potato & Leek Soup
Vale Brothers – Pumpkin Funnel Cake
German Center Café’s
– Beer Basted Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
– Schokocreme torte(Bavarian Chocolate Pie)
– Kartoffelpuffer (Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce & Sour Cream)
– Spinatknödel (German potato &spinach pirogue)

Funnel Cake
Beverages: Beer, Wine, Cider
Hopshire Farm & Brewery BeeHave Honey Blond Ale, Daddy-O (malt forward English pale ale) , (Scottish ale) and Near Varna (IPA)

Ithaca Beer Company New Seasonal Embrr Rye Porter & Flower Power IPA

Bacchus Brewing Company Harvest Ale Brewed with Local Cascade and Chinook Hops

Bandwagon Brewpub German Style Marzenbier/Oktoberfest, NYS Tradition(Malted Barley), Pirate Eye IPA, High Step Weizenbock, Pupkin Ale

Six Mile Creek Vineyard Variety of locally grown and produced wines & spirits

Wagner Valley Brewery Coffee Porter using Ithaca Coffee Co Red Rooster Espresso

Farmers: pumpkins, cider, honey, cheddar, mittens & more . . . 

AJ Teeter Farm
Laughing Goat Fiber Farm
Dave Clark Foundation Farm

Music Schedule:

12-2pm – The Hilltoppers
Traditional Bluegrass favorites blended with some of our favorite songs with a hard drivin acoustic Bluegrass twist. Something you have to see to believe.

2-4:30pm –Radio London
Radio London is one of Ithaca’s best dance bands, playing great tunes from the golden age of Top 40 radio. The nucleus of the band (together for nearly 20 years) is the trio of Jon Hilton (bass guitar), John Simon (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Ken Zeserson (saxophone, electric guitar, vocals). The current line-up also features Dan Lashkoff (drums and vocals), Neal Massa (keys and vocals) and Mike Vitucci (lead guitar).
Featuring a tight rhythm section, sizzling instrumental soloing and shimmering 3- and 4-part harmonies, the band draws from a deep setlist of classic British Invasion tunes (Beatles, Searchers, Stones, Zombies), along with an engaging blend of surf instrumentals, obscure nuggets from a bunch of American bands and lots of sonic surprises.
Special Thanks to Sound on Sound Productions and Cayuga Security Inc. 

For more information, to participate as a vendor or volunteer, contact Patty Clark at (607) 277-8679 or

2 Responses to “Downtown Ithaca’s Third Annual Ithaca Oktoberfest”

  1. Update for 2013?

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