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Oktoberfest Homemade Treats

Do It Yourself Food For Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest was originally a big wedding reception in October of 1810 for Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. There was a horse race and food and drink for the populace, which was so popular (who does not like free food and drink) that it was put on again in 1816 (after the Napoleanic War).

In 1910, Oktoberfest celebrated its 100 birthday on the Theresianwiese, a big meadow named in honor of the princess. It has been moved forward to September to take advantage of the weather.

1. Food at the Markt - Kirmis

Laugenbrezel - Real German Soft Pretzel
J.McGavin

The Oktoberfest has many tents in which to drink and eat. Besides the traditional, hearty fare, they also serve fun foods like potato pancakes, mushrooms cooked in wine and others.

 

2. Candy and Sweets

Hausgemachte Gebrannte Mandeln - German Burnt Sugar Almonds - Homemade Almond Candy
J.McGavin

And what better way to top off the experience than with a few sweets. Traditional candy and sweets served at fairs are Gebrannte Mandeln (sugared almonds), Schmalzkuchen (donut holes), Black Forest cake and Apfelstrudel.

3. Hearty Mains Served at Oktoberfest

Schweinshaxe mit Kartoffelmuss
Flickr user lokhin

In addition to Bratwurst and Weisswurst, one of the more famous meals served at Oktoberfest is Schweinehaxe, a crispy bit of ham hock served with Bratkartoffeln or potato salad. Try also a Brathendl, Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Rossspezialitaten (horse meat specialties) such as Rosswurst or Sauerbraten and Schweinebraten (pork roast).

 

4. Oktoberfest Beer

Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Publicity Image
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

There are six breweries that are allowed to serve beer on the Theresienwiese (fair grounds) at Oktoberfest:

  • Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
  • Paulaner
  • Hofbräu Munchen
  • Hacker-Pschorr
  • Löwenbräu
  • Augustiner Bräu

Some of these beers are exported, so look for them at the nearest liquor store. A special beer is now often brewed for Oktoberfest called Maerzen, a full bodied, malty flavored beer with a clean, dry finish. They can be light or dark colored. Brewed with higher gravity or more hops to last through the summer in caves or cellars ("Lager"), the rest were drunk at Oktoberfest to make way for new beer, hence the tradition. Check here for more on Oktoberfest beer, and look here for more on German beer.

5. Drinks at Other Fairs

Riesling Wine from the Rhine River
J.McGavin

If you do not care for beer, there is always the Weinzelt on the Theresienwiese. Germans are famous for their white wines, since whites grow better in northern latitudes. See German wine and German grape varietals.

You might also be interested in the mixed drinks served at fairs, pubs and events. These include non-alcoholic Spezi, the Radler, the Schorle and beer mixed with...read more

6. Where to Go for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Bierzelt
Michael Chlistalla - Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0

Your mouth may water, your throat be dry. Where to go to celebrate this wonderful festival, you think? Think no further, do...go...drink!

 

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