Oktoberfest spirit at Oma’s

It might be September but that won’t stop Newcastle’s German eatery Oma’s Kitchen kicking off Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend, mirroring the 16-day Bavarian festival held in Munich.

Oma’s Kitchen has three generations of family working to produce tasty German dishes from fresh-baked pretzels to pork knuckle. The eatery is even named in homage to cook Cathy Fren’s grandmother, Oma, meaning grandmother in German.

Oma’s Kitchen’s Mark Fren told GT the eatery’s celebrations were a nod to Oma’s love of the annual festival.

‘‘Oma used to love Oktoberfest and she loved to cook her famous potato pancakes at the Germania Club at Warners Bay,’’ Fren said. ‘‘We are trying to capture the enthusiasm and the spirit for the German community of Newcastle.’’

The eatery is celebrating with all day Oktoberfest specials including a pretzel ($3), German Maisel’s Weisse beer and pretzel ($10), German sausage on a roll with sauerkraut and mustard ($8), coffee and German biscuits ($8) and a deli platter for two, including two German Maisel’s Weisse beers or two glasses of wine ($32).

They will also be busy with lunch and dinner offerings from their menu which includes Vienna schnitzel, pork knuckle, and more. 

But the food isn’t the only thing marking Oktoberfest, with costumes and live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons.

‘‘We are all wearing German costumes and are encouraging customers to dress up, too. 

There will be prizes for those 

best dressed in traditional German costumes,’’ Fren said.

Imported beer will be served in authentic glass beer steins.

‘‘We just want people to come and pretend we’re in Munich and really have a good time,’’ Fren said.

Bookings are essential on 49275151.

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