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Oktoberfest

Raise a stein to Bavaria, cheer the oom-pah band and celebrate Oktoberfest!

What began in 1810 as a regional celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig has evolved into one of the largest festivals in the world. Hungry, thirsty hordes of merrymakers descend upon Munich, Bavaria's capital. Tents capable of seating 100,000 people offer beer from six local breweries--carried by more than 1,600 strong-armed waitresses--and serve southern German specialties.

If you can't make it to Munich this year, cook up a celebration of your own.




Bread

Bake your own dark pumpernickel or sour rye.




Prost!

Oktoberfest calls for beer brewed specifically for the occasion: malty, strong lagers. Munich breweries include Paulaner, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräuhaus, Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu and the venerable Augustiner Bräu, which has been brewing beer since at least 1328 AD. If you can't find the real Bavarian imports, many American craft breweries make special Oktoberfest beers. You can also serve Sekt--sparkling white wine--and Radler, lager mixed with sparkling lemonade. Finish your night with a round of Schnapps.

A German proverb states, "More drown in the cup than in the sea." (Im Becher ertrinken mehr als im Meer.) Munich provides medical tents to treat the bierleichen--beer corpses: those who overindulge. In order to weather the full two weeks of Oktoberfest, use care while carousing.

Comments
Shaun-Ann 
Sep. 4, 2009 10:27 am
After looking at this menu, I think I might be German and never knew it! Almost all of these seem to be my favorite foods!!!!
 
Sep. 21, 2009 8:30 am
I love Oktoberfest and German food. I wish it were Oktobertfest every day!
 
Sep. 23, 2009 2:02 am
Well....I've been living in Germany for 2 years and personally hate the food here, but I might make the black forest cake...
 
klf 
Sep. 23, 2009 8:02 am
I love German food! German rouladen, red cabbage, and potato dumplings go great together for dinner!!!
 
Tate 
Sep. 23, 2009 8:31 am
the food is ok, but the beer is the best!
 
Sep. 23, 2009 1:20 pm
German food is great! But you have to have the right recipes....I hope I can put some of the recipes that my boyfriends grandmother tought me. And I cant wait to go to Oktoberfest 2010!
 
mainermom 
Sep. 23, 2009 1:57 pm
German food is awesome. We've had a spatzle recipe in our family ever since I can remember. In Lent it is a staple. Can't beat German Potato Salad.
 
Sep. 24, 2009 7:10 am
Now our Wiesn has opend ( so is the name here for this Oktoberfest). You have choose good recipes for our food. I think our food is much diverend to yours, the most of our familys use only fresh things and not ready packages. If you want to make real good german food, you had to choose recipes perhaps from a german side, so I did it for the american recipes to get "the real taste". We live near to Cologne, and here you can get Bayrisch food, but it´s not the same like in Bayern... and it´s "only" 700 km away. I like mostly the Käs-Spätzle (cheese spätzle), and a Leberknödelsuppe (Liver Dumbling Soup). Potatoe salad you can get here in such many different variations: with mayonaise, with vinegar, hot, cold, and many different ingredients. To the desserts: if you want to try a recipe, concider that we don´t use so much sugar, than in the USA!! Try out and taste...
 
Gabby 
Sep. 25, 2009 6:34 pm
I just came back from vacationing throughout all the Bavaria (Bayern) regions! There was nothing else like it! Definitely will be returning!
 
ashtastic 
Sep. 30, 2009 6:01 pm
Being from German origin Oktoberfest is a huge part of our family tradition. My favorite food and what is always a hit during this fall celebration is my grun bohna und kneeble suppe (green bean and dumpling soup). If you have never had the pleasure of attending Deutche Oktoberfest I highly recommend it.
 
Lioness4 
Oct. 17, 2009 9:43 pm
I have been to the Oktoberfest here in the USA and my neighbor who was from Germany made the best German Potatoe Salad. I did not like it until I had hers. I miss the Oktoberfest we had here, and her German Potatoe Salad. She has since passed away, and would not give me her recipe, it was I believe her family's recipe.
 
WILRINE 
Sep. 23, 2010 11:39 am
My Sauerkraut is always praised for its taste. I use Libby's or any Kraut in a GLASS jar. Rinse it a couple of times and drain.Then cook 2 oe 3 rashers of bacon and cut finely. Then I saute an apple and an onion in the bacon.add the kraut 2 or 3 juniper berries,1 cup beef broth abd 1 can of beer. Simmer about 1/2 hour. To make it even better, buy som Kassler ripchen place on top. cover and bake @ 350 for 1 hr.
 
BrittaLei13 
Mar. 31, 2011 6:19 pm
I've got two words for y'all: HELEN, GEORGIA!!! It's a little bit of Bavaria right in the middle of the South. They have great shopping, awesome food, and they even have Oktoberfest! They have Bavarianfest in May, tubing in the Chattahoochie (you can laugh) River, and they're the birthplace of Cabbage Patch Kids. Oktoberfest apparently goes on for six weeks, some of September and all of October. Old Heidelberg has great authentic food; try the knockwurst. And the only time I've eaten breakfast at Hofer's of Helen was the off-season; the Apfelkeuchle (batter-dipped grilled apples) was the best breakfast ever! So, next time you want to try some great food, go to Georgia! I highly recommend it!
 
pumukel 
Apr. 8, 2011 12:10 pm
I am german and yes germanfood is delicios.I miss the octobfest a lot especily bratwurst and sauerkraut.I'm cooking a german dish a least once a week just like home
 
Lee 
Oct. 19, 2011 3:56 pm
I went to Europe last summer and I had the best Schnitzel ever, in Germany... Well, it pretty much was the first time I've tasted some. But from all the different places I've had some, during my trip, Germany had the best ones. :)
 
cathy 
Aug. 9, 2012 4:16 am
Since I'm from Germany I LOVE THE FOOD. I remember mom cooking it all the time..I am a cook at a country club training now to become a manager. We have Friday Night Dinners each week and I'm always looking for new and fast recipes to try.
 
carol 
Sep. 28, 2012 5:30 am
MY HUSAND , WHO IS FROM GERMANY & I ARE BABYSITTING OUR DAUGHTER & HUSBANDS CHHILDREN WHILE THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY TO OKTOBERFEST. WE WENT YRS. AGO & LOVED IT. ALSO ENJOY MAKING ALL THE GERMAN DISHES. HOW FORTUNATE WE ALL ARE TO PARTICIPATE IN OKTOBERFEST!!!
 
anne 
Sep. 29, 2013 9:10 pm
Wow, i would love to give it a try.october first is our Independence Day in Nigeria. Nice one.
 
 
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