Chefs get creative with first-ever ‘Okto-brat-fest’ contest

Seven chefs cook up creative brat-based dishes in first-ever contest

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest weekend without a few brats.

One of the new events for this year’s fest was the “Okto-brat-fest” contest.

Seven chefs from across the area competed to see who could come up with the best culinary creation using brats.

For 10 dollars, Festgoers could taste-test each of the entries which featured some creative ways to cook a classic.

“They are not your normal brat and kraut,” said Oktoberfest board member Jerry Bauer. “We have a mango habanero brat, we have a Bloody Mary brat, we have some really, really, really delicious brats to sample.”

The winner of the contest was Chef Tim McCarty of Rochester.

As his prize, he gets a “golden ticket” to compete the World Food Championships in Alabama in November.