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Oktoberfest kicks off at Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square

A German band plays at the Ompahfest, held

A German band plays at the Ompahfest, held at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square, Sept. 18, 2011 Credit: Newsday / Yana Paskova

Lederhosen alert.

The festivities for Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square start on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

In Munich, Oktoberfest begins the same day, with the first beer barrel tapped by the mayor midday.

At Plattduetsche, you'll find the house's brew. Kolsch beer is the golden, top-fermented local brew of Cologne. It's similar to a pale ale. Plattduetsche's brew is made by the Long Ireland Beer Company of Riverhead.

Ompahfest will include German food, entertainment, dancing, games and raffles. Admission is $10; children younger than 12, no charge.

The 'fest menu includes a Bavarian pretzel, potato pancakes, sauerbraten,  roast loin of pork, pork shank, apple strudel and Black Forest cake.

Starting Sept. 26, Plattduetsche Park will offer an expanded Oktoberfest menu, with dishes such as wurst platters, "Little Bavarians" or mini-pretzel slider dolls filled with sliced bratwurst, Swiss cheese, and bacon; and ice cream topped with honey.

Plattduetsche Park includes a restaurant and beer hall. Only the Ompahfest menu will be available. The fest goes till 11 p.m.

Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-354-3131.