Midtown meatfest

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of LowBrau (1050 20th Street), co-owner Michael Hargis and executive chef Brock Macdonald decided to throw Sausagefest, a quintessentially midtown take on Oktoberfest. On October 21 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., 10 local chefs—including Adam Schulze from Waterboy, Mike Thiemann from Empress Tavern and Dane Blom from Hawks Public House—will compete against each other to craft the most supreme pork sausage. The event is free entry, but a $25 ticket offers swag, beer and a sampling of each chef’s custom-curated meat. For entertainment, there’s a beer garden, a socks-and-Birkenstocks fashion show and a Daft Punk cover band, One More Time, that will play a set in full helmeted regalia. Macdonald won’t be competing as he said it’d look “suspect” if he won his own event. Still, that doesn’t mean the competition’s head judge thinks the participants serve better sausages, as he half-jokingly said, “We like to think of it as a competition for second place.”