Do you love German food? You will find some of the best German found at the annual Oktoberfest.

The first Oktoberfest was a celebration of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The wedding party invited all residents of Munich Germany to attend and celebrate. The celebration has continued every year (except during war times) since 1810.

Today, you will find festivals around the world. So find your German side and enjoy the Oktoberfest food, beer, and festivities.

Nothing Beats Oktoberfest Food

If you attend Oktoberfest, prepare to indulge in mouthwatering authentic German food. Don’t forget to sample some of the beer in a souvenir stein.

Popular picks for Oktoberfest include:

Brats

What’s a Brat? The name “Bratwurst” refers to sausage. It’s often made from pork put in a natural casing and grilled or fried.

The Brät, meaning a mixture of meat, started with the Celts and was then “perfected” by the Franconians in 1313. Various regions have created their own version with various meats and spices.

Thanks to the Franconians, we have delicious bratwurst to enhance the Oktoberfest experience.

Pretzels

Let’s take a moment and regard the Bavarian Brezeln. In America, we often call this the “giant pretzel” and we love them.

They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re often eaten with mustard.

At Oktoberfest, mustard won’t be yellow. You will receive a spicy, sweet, or seedy Bavarian mustard.

Schnitzel

Does this make you want to burst out and sing, “…schnitzel with noodle…” from the Sound of Music? It’s not a breed of dog either. And, do not call it a Wienerschnitzel.

Wienerschnitzel is, in fact, a geographically protected term in Germany and Austria. It may only be made with veal.

In 1 BC, the Romans began breading and frying thin slices of meat. This creates a delicious crispy food experience. Today, you can find schnitzel at Oktoberfest made with either pork or veal.

Strudel

After the meat, it’s time for some pastries. The Viennese made this confection famous. They made the delicate, thin layers of dough filled with sweet, tart apples.

You can find the oldest hand-written recipe from 1696 in the Viennese City Library.

Today, strudel comes in a variety of flavors. Examples include almond, rice, grape, poppy, nut, cabbage, cherry, ham, and many more. You may find apple strudel served with sauerkraut and bratwurst topped with a sweet mustard cream sauce.

Sauerkraut

When you order food at Oktoberfest, it often comes with sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is the German word for “sour cabbage”. Germans historically sprinkled salt on shredded cabbage to draw out the water.

Today, the cabbage is pickled. Some recipes include sweet apples and spices such as caraway.

Are You Ready to Head to Oktoberfest?

Are you craving German food? There’s no better way to satisfy that craving than with Oktoberfest food and beer.

You will find something for everyone in this event that spans 10 city blocks. In addition to food and beer vendors, you will also find arts and craft booths.

Listen to live German music and watch the Dachshund Derby. The festival also features a 5K Race & Run as well as a parade through downtown.

Don’t miss out. Contact us for more information today.