Oktoberfest on Long Island -- where to celebrate

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Crisp-skinned roasted Bavarian pork shank is served with Crisp-skinned roasted Bavarian pork shank is served with a mug of Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest beer on tap at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

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Oktoberfest is starting at Long Island restaurants, as the first ’fest beer barrel is tapped in Munich on Saturday Sept. 21. Here are some of the local celebrants:

The White Whale

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in Seaford celebrates Oktoberfest year-round, with Wiener schnitzel, Wiener rostbraten and potato pancakes; and, as specials, sauerbraten and wursts. During September and October, the seasonal specials include marinated herring, beef roulade with spaetzle, and homemade apple strudel. (3580 Bayview St., Seaford, 516-785-1067, thewhitewhalerestaurant.com)

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton becomes a beer garden with courtyard picnic tables and communal benches inside at an Oktoberfest festival on Saturday Sept. 21 from 3to 5 p.m. Expect fresh baked pretzels, wurst platters, Bavarian music. The restaurant will have Oktoberfest specials with fixed-price dinners Saturday to Wednesday (wursts), Sept. 26 to 29 (smoked pork chops), Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 (Wiener schnitzel), and Oct. 3 to 6 (sauerbraten). (10 Main St. [Parrish Mews], East Hampton; 631-324-8555, rowdyhall.com)

The Riverhead Project

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in Riverhead presents an Oktoberfest beer dinner on Oct. 2. The $40 dinner will feature Weihenstephaner beer, charcuterie, spaetzle with wild mushrooms, pretzel-crusted chicken with beer-braised cabbage, and Black Forest torte. (300 E. Main St., Riverhead; 631-284-9300, theriverheadproject.com)

Library Café in Farmingdale will host a $35, four-course Oktoberfestbeer dinner on Sept. 24 featuring Bavarian pretzel fondue, potato soup, wursts or jaeger schnitzel, and apple strudel. The cafe will offer a special ’fest menu from Wednesday to Oct. 1 that includes the fondue, German potato soup and potato pancakes, a wurst platter, jaeger schnitzel and apple strudel. (274 Main St., Farmingdale; 516-752-7678, thelibrarycafe.com)

Plattduetsche Park

in Franklin Square hosts Ompahfest & Schuetzenfest in its biergarten on Sept. 22, with food, brews, German bands, raffles and prizes; and shooting at the rifle range in the new beer hall. Admission is $9 for adults; kids 12 and younger, free. (1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com)

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Maxwell’s in Islip goes festive Oct. 2-5 with beer specials, sauerbraten sliders on pretzel rolls, Bavarian pretzel bites with ale-and-Cheddar dip and mustard, a beer-glazed bratwurst sandwich, Wiener schnitzel, a wurst platter, stewed German beef and bratwurst with potatoes and carrots in a light broth with spaetzle, and apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. (501 Main St., Islip; 631-210-0011, maxwellsny.com)

More places to hoist a stein:

Black Forest Brew Haus , 2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale, 631-391-9500

The Currywurst Company , 10 W. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-665-3150

Koenig's , 86 S. Tyson Ave., Floral Park, 516-354-2300

Oak Chalet Restaurant , 1940 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, 516-826-1700

Prost Grill & Garten , 652 Franklin Ave. Garden City, NY 516-427-5215

Pumpernickels , 640 Main St., Northport, 631-757-7959

Shippy's Pumpernickels East , 36 Windmill Lane, Southampton, 631-283-0007

Village Lanterne , 143 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, 631-225-1690

Zum Schneider MTK , 4 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk, 631-238-5963

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