Riverhead's first Oktoberfest, organized by the East End Tourism Alliance and the Business Improvement District, will feature local beer and wine tastings, some traditional Oktoberfest foods, live music and contests. At dusk, the Reflextions: Art in the Park exhibit in Grangebel Park will be lit up, and will feature live music from the band Who Are Those Guys, until 10 p.m.

Riverhead will hold its very first Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday from 4-8 p.m. along the Peconic riverfront and in Grangebel Park.

The event, organized by the East End Tourism Alliance and the Business Improvement District, will feature local beer and wine tastings, some traditional Oktoberfest foods, live music and contests. At dusk, the Reflextions: Art in the Park exhibit in Grangebel Park will be lit up, and will feature live music from the band Who Are Those Guys, until 10 p.m.

“We are excited to have our East End towns celebrate the fall season with a variety of offers and events for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Bryan Deluca, the president of the East End Tourism Alliance said in a statement. “and very happy to bring Downtown Riverhead breweries together, alongside local artists, for our first Oktoberfest event paired with Reflextions, the luminary sculpture experience in Grangebel Park.”

The local breweries featured on the Oktoberfest lineup include Peconic County Brewing, North Fork Brewing, Long Ireland Beer Company and Tradewinds Brewing.

“Being my first year in Riverhead, it has been a real pleasure to see all the cool events the town brings to its residents, especially an Oktoberfest!” said Jeff Schaeffer, the owner of Peconic County Brewing. “As a beer fan, this is a great event for us plus we have the opportunity to show off some of our seasonal brews. Our Camp Hero Haunted Pumpkin Ale has been very well received and will be a fun beer to pour at the event.”

 “At North Fork Brewing Co. we make many seasonal ales and lagers. We are super excited to share them at Riverhead’s first Oktoberfest, right here in the heart of downtown,” said Ian Van Bourgondien, the owner of North Fork Brewing Co. It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and experience Riverhead’s craft breweries in a new way, inspired by the old world tradition of Oktoberfest.” Several other local breweries and farms are holding events featuring fall themed craft brews through October and November. Events are listed on the website of East End Getaway.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.