Riverhead hosts its first Oktoberfest: Photos

VERA CHINESE PHOTO Matt Heege and Ashley White of Rocky Point at the inaugural downtown Riverhead Oktoberfest pub crawl.

The bars of Riverhead drew people from the East End and beyond for the inaugural Oktoberfest pub crawl on Sunday.

The event wasn’t as well attended as the recent Santacon pub crawl or the St. Patrick’s Day-themed March of the Leprechauns (exact attendance numbers for Oktoberfest were not immediately available). And there were also far fewer people donning lederhosen on Sunday then there were wearing red suits or green T-shirts for the previous events. Still, it was a way to liven up downtown on what would likely be an otherwise sleepy Sunday.

“We’ve been the Santacon, we’ve been to the Leprechaun, we’ve been to all the cons. We wanted to keep it going,” said Riverhead native Kelly Zilnicki. “[These events] bring tons of people to Riverhead. I think they’re great.”

Dawn Vasquez of Medford learned of the event while visiting the Riverhead Country Fair the previous weekend and brought her husband, sister and cousin down to Joe’s Garage and Grill for another dose of the town.

A small business owner, Vasquez said she appreciated how these events support the community.

“I feel like I’m home when I’m here,” said Vasquez, who owns Setauket Frame Shop in East Setauket. “It’s a great community.

See photos from the event below

Top Photo: Matt Heege and Ashley White of Rocky Point at the inaugural downtown Riverhead Oktoberfest pub crawl. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Katie Huston of Ellicott City, Maryland, Amy Boden of Riverhead, Kelly Zilnicki of Riverhead and John Terranova of Mattituck.

Katie Huston of Ellicott City, Maryland, Amy Boden of Riverhead, Kelly Zilnicki of Riverhead and John Terranova of Mattituck.

Vines and Hops bartenders Candice Jenkins of Riverhead and Christine Weigold of Coram at the first downtown Riverhead Oktoberfest pub crawl.

Vines and Hops bartenders Candice Jenkins of Riverhead and Christine Weigold of Coram at the first downtown Riverhead Oktoberfest pub crawl.

Digger's waitress Jessica Daniels of East Moriches came dressed for the event.

Digger’s waitress Jessica Daniels of East Moriches came dressed for the event.

Karlyn Ruhs of Moriches and Jona Schmidt of Rye bought some lederhosen on Amazon.com to wear to the pub crawl.

Karlyn Ruhs of Moriches and Jona Schmidt of Rye bought some lederhosen on Amazon.com to wear to the pub crawl.

Dawn and Kenneth Casquez of Medford, Jennifer Marcello of Holtsvile, Artie Stahlman and Deb Donnaruma, both of Rocky Point, enjoy an afternoon at Joe's Garage and Grill.

Dawn and Kenneth Casquez of Medford, Jennifer Marcello of Holtsvile, Artie Stahlman and Deb Donnaruma, both of Rocky Point, enjoy an afternoon at Joe’s Garage and Grill.