Are you stuck in town this long weekend instead of sunbathing at the glamorous New Jersey shore? Not to worry, there’s plenty of citified counter-programming for eaters and drinkers throughout the next few days, including a farm-to-city dinner on South Street, a genuine German-style Oktoberfest in the Great Northeast and a beer contest in Fishtown that has issued a direct challenge to the heartiness of your liver. We’ll be taking off early today ourselves - and next week will leave you in the capable hands of The Illadelph, who will be guest-editing - but not without making sure you have viable options for the weekend. Here are our picks.
• Test your beer geekitude - and stamina - at Memphis Taproom’s second annual Mystery Beer Weekend, where 33 never-before-served-at-Memphis beers will be tapped over three days. Starting at noon today, they’ll break out the first 11 kegs, followed by 11 more each on Saturday and Sunday and it’s up to you to sample and identify them using their elaborate ballot. You can download one here if you want to get started. Whoever guesses the most correct beer wins prizes and bragging rights. Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6. Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St., 215-425-4460
• Dust off your lederhosen. This year marks the Cannstatter Club’s 137th annual Oktoberfest celebration. The long-running German-American organization will have German beer, bands and food and something called the “Altweibermühle: True Fountain of Youth” all three days of the weekend. Entry fees are $6.00 for one day, $9.00 for two-day pass, and $11.00 for three day pass. Saturday September 5 through Monday September 7, starting at noon. Canstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road; 215-332-0121
• Supper’s monthly Sunday Supper dinner is a joint effort between chef Mitch Prensky and Sherri and Andy Roddick (no relation to the tennis star) of Blackbird Heritage Farms in Delaware. Prensky will prepare the entire dinner using produce - including, perhaps, one of their specialty Star of David okra, pictured - from the Roddicks’ Saturday stand in Headhouse Market. There’s a menu here, but it’s subject to change depending on availability. BYOB or try half-price selections from the restaurant. Proceeds will benefit the Food Trust Sunday, September 6, 6:30 p.m., $38. Reservations required. Supper, 926 South St.; 215-592-8180