Boston Weekend Planner, October 4-6
Friday-Saturday: 'Tis the season for a frothy stein and some lederhosen. So head to the Seaport for Harpoon Octoberfest tonight from 5:30 PM to 11 PM (doors close at 9 PM) and tomorrow from 2 PM to 9 PM (doors close at 7:30 PM). Expect to find the brewery filled with festive imbibers, German food for sopping up the suds, German cake-eating contests and a "keg bowling" game, backed up by three stages of live oompah music. Because beer. (More details here.)
Saturday: Like to gab about grub? Good. Because starting at 10 AM, the all-day Let's Talk About Food festival takes over Copley Square. The tasty lineup of chatter includes a look at Israeli food with that country's famous chef and TV personality Gil Hovav and Boston toque Michael Leviton of Lumiere and Area Four; a science-based "Cooking for Geeks" chat with cookbook author Jeff Potter and chef Tony Maws of Craigie on Main; and a panel on the "Mediterranean Diet" featuring Oleana chef Ana Sortun. (Her new spot Sarma, by the way, is slated to open by the end of next week.) There are plenty more heady, hearty conversations to be had, so scope out the full lineup on the website.
Saturday-Sunday: For a taste of something a bit more far-flung, head to Somerville's Olde Magoun Saloon (pictured). Paulaner's "traveling biergarten" will stop there both days from 12-6 PM, offering six styles on tap. Olde Magoun will also go German with its Sunday Roast Night, serving up schweinschaxen (crispy pork shank) with potato dumplings, cider-glazed cabbage and mushroom pan sauce. It's all part of Olde Magoun's ongoing Oktoberfest series, which also includes a rotating featured German draft every Wednesday.
Sunday: You don't have to go far for the Boston Local Food Festival. Just jaunt over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway from 11 AM-5 PM for a free (and "zero-waste") festival featuring fare from local restaurants and food trucks, artisanal food vendors selling their small batch specialties, a produce market, live music, and DIY demos about everything from veganism education to a how-to on chicken deboning. There's even a chowder cook-off that will pit chef Matt Basile of Travel Escape Network's Rebel Without A Kitchen against Matthew Ciara of Boston's Shuck'n Truck.