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24 Oktoberfest Recipes to Make at Home

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Taste the best of German foods with these simple, authentic Oktoberfest recipes you can make at home from pretzels to roast chicken, sausages and more!


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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!

Oktoberfest in Munich

Every fall, millions of people gather in Munich, Germany to feast on delicious German food and celebrate Oktoberfest. But you don’t have to travel to Munich, or even Germany to celebrate the fall festival. Celebrations are held around the world in communities everywhere.

If you love German food, you might want to extend the festival and serve some of your favorites at home. Think fall football, Friday nights… or even just a cozy night at home with delicious food!

But first, let’s take a quick look at Oktoberfest and why we celebrate.

Why do we celebrate Oktoberfest?

Here is a bit of history on Oktoberfest and why it’s celebrated:

“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.” 

Today, more than 200 years later, Oktoberfest is an ever-growing folk festival celebrated around the world.

When is Oktoberfest Celebrated?

It’s often wondered why Oktoberfest begins in September. Sometimes you have to look at the end of the story before the beginning becomes clear. The last day of the two week festival is always on the first Sunday of October. Working backwards, it puts the beginning of Oktoberfest in September. Which also gives revelers warmer weather as well!

  • Würstl (sausages): Popular German sausages include: Bratwurst, Beer Bratwurst, Cheese Bratwurst, Bauernwurst, Knockwurst, Currywurst, Frankfurter and Debreziner.
  • Brezen (pretzels): Oversized soft, salted pretzels
  • Mustard and Curry Ketchup: A must condiment for enjoying sausages!
  • Roast Chicken: During Oktoberfest, chickens are spit-roasted until the skin is golden brown and crispy.
  • Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock): roasted ham hock or shank (pig knuckles) are crispy on the outside with tender meat. They’re surprisingly easy to make at home.
  • Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes): These potato pancakes are served both savory with a salad or sweet with apple sauce.
  • Sauerkraut: If you’re attending Oktoberfest, you’re eating this pickled cabbage with almost anything. This homemade version mixes cabbage with sweet apples and aromatic caraway.

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