If Crown Prince Ludwig were alive today, he would be preparing for a few days in Ridgewood right now.
The Bavarian royal invited all the citizens of Munich to his wedding with Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghause on October 12, 1810. The festivities, which lasted about a week, evolved into the annual tradition Oktoberfest, which is currently celebrated around the world.
On Saturday, September 19, Nowadays — an outdoor/indoor space at 56-06 Cooper Avenue with trees, ping pong, checkers, grass, fresh air, and the occasional passing freight train — will kick off Nowafest. Queens Brewery, which is located around the corner, is going to debut a new product called “Queens Blvd,” an IPA made with Mosaic, Topaz and Mandarina Bavaria hops. Finback Brewery, which is located down the road in Glendale, will supply a beefy Pumpkin Porter.
Plus, Chef Steve will offer bratwurst with homemade sauerkraut and jalapeño mustard and his mother’s potato ball, a dumpling of pureed potatoes and caramelized onions with a hint of horseradish. (There will also be victuals for vegetarians and vegans, as well as wine, sangria and fancy sodas for those who eschew the meat-potatoes-beer diet.)
More information and another photo of Nowadays are on the jump page.