Just because we’re staying safe and socially distanced doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate seasonal holidays! So here are plenty of options from local restaurants and breweries to help you celebrate Oktoberfest from home.
Schmidt's Oktoberfest in a Box
Perhaps Columbus’ most well-known German restaurant, the family-run Schmidt’s is offering a complete Oktoberfest in a Box. The kit includes two pounds of sausage, sauerkraut, brown mustard, a jumbo soft pretzel, a pair of acrylic souvenir steins and other goodies. Bonus: through September, Schmidt’s has teamed up with Graeter’s to feature a new flavor of cream puff, black raspberry chip! Order it at schmidtssausageshop.com.
North High Brewing’s Norden Hoch OktoberKit
North High is also offering two take-home Oktoberfest packages. The Party Kit includes Black Forest sausages, pretzel buns, beer cheese, mustard, potato salad, sauerkraut, ginger cookies, a glass stein and a case of their Norden Hoch Oktoberfest beer. The smaller Munchie Kit features a pretzel, beer cheese, mustard, cookies, stein and a six-pack of Oktoberfest. Reserve it online here; pickup runs Sept. 17-20 at their Short North location.
Wolf's Ridge Brewing Oktoberfest Menu
Wolf’s Ridge is offering a seasonal Oktoberfest menu of pretzels, German potato salad, jägerschnitzel and grilled chicken drumsticks, all of which pair perfectly with fall beers like their Oktoberfest. Enjoy it on the brewery’s temporary side street patio, or order carryout/delivery at wolfsridgebrewing.com.
Beers from Gemüt Biergarten
Stop by Gemut, a new-ish German brewery and restaurant in Olde Towne East and pick up a crowler (or two or three) of their house-brewed Helheim helles lager, Woden’s Hunt dunkel or Sow of Sunna marzen. Order them at gemutbiergarten.com.
Dinner and Dessert from Mozart’s Cafe
Mozart's is a Clintonville institution that offers carryout for its many European dishes, from Black Forest ham with spatzle to Hungarian goulash. They’re even offering family meals to-go, and don’t forget their stunning sweets like tea cookies, Austrian plunders and lebkuchen.