An Authoritative Guide to German Foods and Cuisine

More than Beer and Brathendl

The world’s largest festival is back again  – for the 205th year.

From it’s humble beginning as a local royal wedding ceremony for Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810 to the popular fall event celebrated around the world – the Oktoberfest has become a global  symbol of peace, community, and shared enjoyment of simple foods, drinks and music.

Frankly, at the Oktoberfest, all visitors are equal.  No matter your social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or nationality – you sit on wooden benches along communal tables in large beer tents, sing along with the brass band, break a brez’n (pretzel) with your neighbor and cheer each other with beer, radler or mineral water.

In times of war and mass migrations  let’s  just take a break. Even if it’s just for two weeks. Simply enjoy each other, cherish the differences, link your arms with your neighbor’s and sway left and right in harmony to the tune of a polka, waltz …or the Chicken Dance.

When more than 7 million visitors will come to Munich over the course of two weeks – from September 19  to October 4 –   to ride the roller-coasters, circle on carousels or Ferris wheels, and devour millions and millions of Brathendl, Steckerlfisch, Grillente, Bratwurst, Radieschen, Obatzda  and, of course, Original Münchner Bier …. party with them, in style. How?  Just … read more

The Best Oktoberfest Recipes

Cant’go to Munich this year? Then try some of our mouth-watering recipes that gets you in the spirit.

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Start with a home-made pretzel (you can use a Pretzel Baking Mix).Make an O’batzda (a soft cheese, sour cream, onion and beer dip) with Kraut Salad. 

Boil authentic spätzle and dumplings and serve with Tafelspitz. Or be daring and serve Cambozola Fettucini a la Bavaria or a Pork and Sauerkraut Roll-Ups.

Add original beers from Munich, German spirits, mineral water. If the stomach feels full at the end of the party … well, there’s always an herbal digestif.

And if you don’t want to cook? Visit an Oktoberfest close to you

Na dann: Prost Mahlzeit, or A’ Guad’n, as you say in Bavarian.