Celebrating Oktoberfest is a highlight of early fall. And if you’re looking for Oktoberfest inspiration, we’ve gathered some easy German recipes you will love!
In case you’re not visiting Munich, and want a bit of history on Oktoberfest, The Telegraph explains,
“The original Oktoberfest in October 1810 was held in honour of the wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For five full days, the burghers of Munich were invited to eat, drink and be merry, and enjoy parades involving kettle drums and music, shooting displays and a horse race around a meadow on the edge of town. Such a good time was had by all that it was decided to stage the race (and the accompanying indulgences) every year.”
Celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich
They say, “Over a hundred oxen and more than 500 thousand chickens are cooked for visitors of the festival. Every year from 6 to 7 million people visit this amazing event spanning more than two weeks. The first Oktoberfest dates back to 1810, and since then it has played an important role in Bavarian culture.”
Festival shutdowns around the world will keep many of us home. But there is no reason to forgo the celebration!
If you can’t attend Oktoberfest and wear your favorite lederhosen or dirndl dress, here are some favorite German street food and festival recipes to make at home!
Top Oktoberfest Celebrations Around the World
TripstoDiscover has identified 8 of their favorite Oktoberfest celebrations around the world. And I’ll add one of mine from the Pacific Northwest. Because it’s a great festival in a small Willamette Valley Bavarian town.
This Hot Slaw recipe with Bacon Dressing is a quick and easy side dish. And a perfect complement to heftier favorites like pork, sausages, or, of course, chicken. Whether it be fried, grilled... or pulled!
"This Sauerbraten recipe (traditional German pot roast) is made in the slow cooker it's tender it just falls apart. Marinated in vinegar, wine and simple spices it's perfect for your own authentic Oktoberfest party!"
"Blaukraut is an authentic German dish and it's super simple to make. My mother used to make this blaukraut recipe for my family growing up. Now, it's become one of our most popular German sides in our restaurant, Bavarian Inn!"
“This German Cucumber Salad is budget-friendly, easy to make, and perfect for a family dinner, party, or potluck. Cucumber salad (called Gurkensalat in German) is very popular in Germany and is often served as a side dish with meat or fish.”
A Blueberry Dutch Baby is a quick and easy baked oven pancake often called a German Pancake. Its high puffs, crisp edges, and tender delicious center is such a treat that it just might become a weekend tradition!