Oktoberfest food! Yummy, yummy.These are such hearty German recipes to celebrate October, which is such a wonderful time of the year! Fall celebrations abound. Fall fairs and harvest festivals are such wonderful family outings, no matter where in the world you live.
However, one of the most famous, world-known events that occurs at this time of the year is Oktoberfest.
Yes, we enjoy German holiday traditions on this side of the ocean. And, Oktoberfest is that one big party that is celebrated right here in Kitchener, Ontario. Since 1969, Oktoberfest has become the largest Bavarian festival in North America with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada.
Known for its beer tents, delicious Oktoberfest food, and the “om-pa-pa”bands, it is a celebration that occurs not only in Munich, Germany, but around the world.
That's me on the right, celebrating with a Weisswurst, right here in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Below is a picture of my dear friend, Heidi. You'll find her German recipes sprinkled throughout this website as well.
What started as a marriage celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 18, 1810 in Munich, Germany, is still celebrated almost 200 years later and is known as Oktoberfest. In 1810, a huge horse race was the central attraction. Years later, it became a carnival. Now, it is a rocking, music-filled, “food and drink” fest that celebrates the Bavarian culture. Similar Oktoberfest activities are held world-wide with Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario's version well-known.
Oktoberfest has been held almost every year since 1810. It has only been canceled 24 times due to disease (plagues) or war.
The nicer weather in September has brought changes to the dates, so that the celebration starts 17 days before the first Sunday in October when the party ends.
Ask almost anyone what Oktoberfest is about and they will tell you: beer and food. But, there is more than that.
In 1835, a parade became part of the regular festivities. Now, approximately 8,000 people in traditional Bavarian costumes walk through the center of Munich to the Oktoberfest site.
From 1950 onwards, a 12-gun salute and the tapping of the first beer keg by the Mayor of Munich signals the opening of Oktoberfest.
And yes, beer and food is the main part. Over 6.4 million visitors (2010 stats) to Munich's Oktoberfest feast on traditional Bavarian foods and consumed over 7 million litres of beer. There are many tents set up (the largest, Hofbräu-Festhalle, holds 10,000 people!) for eating and drinking. To keep these beer tents and the overall Oktoberfest “family friendly”, only traditional music is played until 6 pm. After that, the louder pop music is heard.
Even if you can't go to Munich, or one of the other Oktoberfest sites, you can still enjoy the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest food.
Serve them up with German music in the background, decorate your table in the traditional German colors of black, red, and yellow or in the official colors of Bavaria which is cobalt blue and white, and celebrate your very own Oktoberfest.
I’m sharing the Top 10 Oktoberfest recipes here, found on Quick German Recipes.
This is Oktoberfest food.
The real thing, and most importantly, easy to make at home.
This collection includes the traditional pork hocks, sausages, potato dumplings, potato pancakes, pretzels, Bienenstich cake, cucumber salad, potato salad, red cabbage, and, of course, sauerkraut!
Order this eBOOK today. Then, put on the oom-pah-pah music, decorate your table in the cobalt blue and white colors of Bavaria, and celebrate your very own Oktoberfest.
Don’t forget your dirndl and lederhosen!!
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