425 River St, Troy
VIP Yappy Hour 5:00-6:00 pm
(Sponsors and Honorary Committee members)
2023 Feline Festmeister Nominations NOW UNDERWAY
"Festmeister" is the ceremonial title for the one who presides over the celebration. All felines are eligible and the contest is free. The winner will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges and will be celebrated throughout 2023, until a new Festmeister is chosen next year. The winner's people will receive two event tickets. All candidates will be featured on the large screen at Oktopurrfest! Entries accepted through Friday, September 22 at 5 pm ET.
Oktopurrfest returns to Revolution Hall on Thursday, October 12, 2023
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society presents the world's one and only OKTOPURRFEST, now in its sixth year. This legendary feline-centric celebration features delicious fall fare with a German-ish theme, Brown's award-winning craft beer, great music, fun swag, raffles and the highly anticipated crowning of the Feline Festmeister.
Joining us as Honorary Chair will be Vic Christopher, president of Clark House Hospitality, and his dog and Co-Chair Groucho. Sponsors and Honorary Committee members will enjoy an exclusive Yappy Hour with Vic and Groucho.
Also at this event, we unveil the winner of our Happy T'ales Beer Label Contest, whose face will be featured on cans of Brown's 417 Light Lager.
Vic Christopher and Groucho
President and Mascot, Clark House Hospitality
A message from Vic ...
"Groucho is my best friend and always by my side. It's hard to imagine life without him, which is why we so deeply appreciate the work of MHHS. By joining the Oktopurrfest Honorary Committee, you'll be invited to a pre-fest Yappy Hour hosted by us from 5:00-6:00 pm. Stick around for the main event to enjoy a delightful menu, a 4-pack of beer, an Oktopurrfest pint glass, tunes by DJ Trumastr and more."
Jack Carpenter, Two Buttons Deep
and MHHS CEO Ashley Jeffrey Bouck
Two Buttons Deep (2BD) offers some of the most entertaining "stuff worth talking about" in the Capital Region and beyond. Through their unique array of media personalities, including co-founder Cap'n Jack (aka Jack Carpenter), Two Buttons Deep tells authentic and personal stories about living – and loving – life in Upstate on their social channels. Although the 2BD gang is known for its love of dogs (check out @pupstateny on Facebook and Insta), they are excited to be part of this festive feline fete, now for their fourth year. Jack and our CEO Ashley Jeffrey Bouck make a great team!
Yappy Hour includes Appetizers, Beer and Wine
- Potato pierogies (VG)
- Pumpkin & sage risotto (VG, GF)
Brown's beer bratwurst (not GF)
- Sauerkraut (GF, VG) with rosemary roasted potatoes (VG, GF)
- Vegetable fritters (V, VG)
- Butternut squash soup (V, VG, GF)
Plus coffee, tea and desserts
As a member of our Honorary Committee, you play a special role in this celebration. For your support of $195 per couple or $100 per person, or young professional (age 40 and under) $165 per couple or $85 per person, you will attend the event and enjoy some special "purrks"
- VIP Yappy Hour 5-6 pm with Honorary Chair Vic Christopher and his pup Groucho
- a selection of delicious fall comfort foods (includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options)
- a 4-pack of specially labeled 417 Light Lager
- fest-appropriate swag, including signature pint glass and cat ears
- special recognition on signage
At just $55 per person, this sweet deal includes all the fun and festivities of Oktopurrfest, including food, a 4-pack of beer and some fun surprises.
Nominations for 2023 begin on September 15, 2023.
about the FELINE Festmeister
Each year, a new Feline Festmeister is crowned. That feline presides over the celebration (virtually, of course) and holds the title for one year.
While this prestigious title is usually reserved exclusively for felines, 2020 presented some extraordinary challenges, so the competition was opened up to all species. Ransom was our one and only Canine Festmeister,
In 2021, we returned to our true Oktopurrfest roots and crowned Louie our Feline Festmeister.
Nova is our reigning 2022 Feline Festmeister.
FESTMEISTER HALL OF FAME
2022 - Nova
2021 - Louie
2020 - Ransom (the only canine Festmeister)
2019 - Piezon
2016 - Inaugural Festmeister, Brian Williams, Anchorcat
2022 Festmeister Nova
Each year we present a video of the reigning Feline Festmeister at Oktopurrfest. Watch Festmeister Louie's captivating story.