Festival Preview: What You Can Expect At This Year’s OctFest

The beer-food-music extravaganza, better known as OctFest, will be held this September 8th and 9th on Governor’s Island in NYC. The festival features 90+ international craft breweries, an exciting musical line-up, and a specially-curated food program. With so much going on all weekend long, it’ll be hard to decipher what to do and what to try. We’ll break down some of the festival highlights for you so you can start to plan your priority list, but don’t be surprised if your plans change upon arrival–it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend!

Food

One of the major highlights of any festival is, of course, the food vendors. The award-winning (and most popular Facebook video sharing) food-lifestyle brand Bon Appétit has curated one of the most diverse and enticing food line-ups we’ve seen all year. OctFest is bringing us literal heaven on earth with their “Food Village”, which will house several local NYC restaurants throughout the weekend. Places like Roberta’s, Sweet Chick, and STUF’D Truck will be our quick-serve heroes, while places like Cervo’s, Best Pizza, and KronnerBurger will be serving us some wordly specialties in celebration of the festival’s international beer line-up. There will be plenty to choose from for whatever you’ll be craving, like maybe Mission Chinese Food for lunch followed by OddFellows Ice Cream Co. for dessert (we’re really hoping they bring that Thai Iced Tea flavor to the festival grounds).

Photo from STUF’D TRUCK

Music

As we mentioned previously, this year’s line-up has a solid 50/50 ratio of male-female performers while showcasing a great genre diversity as well. We’re excited to catch as many acts as we possibly can, but artists at the top of our “must watch” list are certainly Hop Along, Girl Pool, and Sunday-night headliners The Flaming Lips. The festival will hold two stages with a total of 20 bands (10 each day), alternating sets starting from 1pm to roughly 10pm both days.You can check out the full line-up and schedule per day here.

The Flaming Lips by Helen Williams

Beer

Breweries from roughly 20 different countries will be on site, pouring roughly 250 varieties of beers throughout the weekend. Even if you aren’t too keen on beer, you’ll be fascinated by just how many beers and breweries there are from around the world. On the top of our list will definitely be some of the local breweries like Brooklyn’s Braven Brewing Company (try saying that three times fast) and Northport’s Sand City Brewing Co. to show some support to the home turf. However, we’re the most intrigued by some of the breweries from across the globe, like South Korea’s The Hand & Malt Brewery and Spain’s Laugar Brewery. It’s going to be hard to pick our favorite come festival time.

Photo from Bushwick Daily

So, what’s the best way to get the most out of the festival weekend, you ask? Give yourself a break, don’t count those calories, and grab a plate of everything you can. Check out the artists you love, and maybe some artists you never heard of. Sample all of the beers–if that’s even possible with just how many breweries that’ll be present. Enjoy yourself, it’s almost the best time of the year!

Tickets are still available at OctFest.co. Single-day passes are $75 and weekend passes are $140, including 15 beer samples per day. For more information, including lineup announcements, event news, and updates, please visit Oct.co and follow @Pitchfork and @ReadOctober. Full line-ups for food, music, and breweries are below.

Food Lineup (Curated by Bon Appétit):

Best Pizza

Cervo’s

Hank’s Juicy Beef

Island Oyster

KronnerBurger

Los Viajeros Food Truck

Mission Chinese Food

Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.

Sweet Chick

STUF’D Truck

Roberta’s Pizza

Musical Lineup (By Day):

Saturday, September 8:

Vince Staples

BADBADNOTGOOD

NAO

Saba

Preoccupations

Vagabon

Standing on the Corner

Hatchie

Flasher

Madison McFerrin

 

Sunday, September 9:

The Flaming Lips

Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Yo La Tengo

Girlpool

Hop Along

No Age

Kamaiyah

Shopping

Julie Byrne

The Courtneys

Brewery List (By Region):

North America – West:

10 Barrel Brewing Co. (Bend, OR)
Austin Eastciders (Austin, TX)
Blake’s Cider (Armada, MI)
Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton, CO)
Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle, WA)
FiftyFifty Brewing Company (Truckee, CA)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, CA)
Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
Four Peaks Brewing Co. (Tempe, AZ)
Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, CA)
Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, IL)
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI)
Karbach Brewing Co. (Houston, TX)
Kona Brewing Company (Kailua-Kona, HI)
Live Oak (Austin, TX)
Monkless Belgian Ales (Bend, OR)
On Tour Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)
Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)
The Shop Beer Co. (Tempe, AZ)
Urban Family Brewing Co.(Seattle, WA)
Virtue Cider (Fennville, MI)


North America – East:

Blue Point Brewing Company (Patchogue, NY)
Brasserie Archibald (Canada)
Braven Brewing Company (Brooklyn, NY)
Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
Brickworks Cider (Canada)
Circa Brewing Co. (Brooklyn, NY)
Cisco Brewers (Nantucket, MA)
Collective Arts Brewing (Canada)
DC Brau (Washington, D.C.)
Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland, VA)
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)
Hanging Hills Brewing Company (Hartford, CT)
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers (Framingham, MA)
Keegan Ales (Kingston, NY)
Lamplighter Brewing Co. (Cambridge, MA)
LIC Beer Project (Long Island City, NY)
Lord Hobo Brewing Company (Woburn, MA)
M.I.A. Beer Company (Doral, FL)
Microbrasserie Gainsbourg (Canada)
Mill Street Brewery (Canada)
Narragansett Brewing Company (Pawtucket, RI)
Sand City Brewing Co. (Northport, New York)
Stanley Park Brewing (Canada)
Stillwater Artisanal Ales (Baltimore, MD)
The Bronx Brewery (Bronx, NY)
Veza Sur Brewing Co. (Miami, FL)
Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC)
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery (Burlington, VT)

Europe:
Aktien Brewery of Kaufbeuren (Germany)
Birra del Borgo (Italy)
Brasserie La Binchoise (Belgium)
Brouwerij Bosteels (Belgium)
Brouwerij DeKroon (Belgium)
Camden Town Brewery (UK)
Ginette (Belgium)
Hertog Jan (Netherlands)
Jopen (Netherlands)
La Virgen (Spain)
Laugar Brewery (Spain)
Radeberger (Germany)
Wild Beer Co (UK)

Latin America: 
Barfuss (Argentina)
Bocanegra (Mexico)
Bogota Beer Co (Colombia)
Cervecería Urbana (Mexico)
Cervecería Wendlandt (Mexico)
Cerveza Patagonia (Argentina)
Colorado (Brazil)
Cucapá (Mexico)
Lohn Bier (Brazil)
Melas Beer (Colombia)
Nicaragua Craft Beer Co. (Nicaragua)
Pratinha (Brazil)
Wals (Brazil)*

Asia, Africa, Oceana:
Bira 91 (India)
4 Pines Brewing Company (Australia)
Balter Brewing Co (Australia)
Boxing Cat Brewery (China)
Cape Brewing Co. (South Africa)
Good George (New Zealand)
Newlands Spring Brewing Company (South Africa)
Pirate Life Brewing (Australia)
Playground Brewery (South Korea)
Taihu Brewery (Taiwan)
The Hand & Malt Brewery (South Korea)