Oktoberfest Food and Celebrations

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.

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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 is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest

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.

When is Oktoberfest?

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.

Oktoberfest Celebrations

Ask almost anyone what Oktoberfest is about and they will tell you: beer and food. But, there is more than that.

Heidi

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.

How You Can Celebrate Oktoberfest

Even if you can't go to Munich, or one of the other Oktoberfest sites, you can still enjoy the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest food.

Check out the following recipes ideas. They are hearty, traditional Oktoberfest food that's easy to make at home.

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.

Oktoberfest food recipes

Baked Pork Chops and Sauerkraut - a family-pleaser

Breaded Pork Chops - Schnitzel, only thicker and juicier

Green Cabbage - this is about as traditional as one can get!

Homemade Sausage - patties taste like the real thing

Roast Pork - Yummy!

Smoked Pork Chops - the traditional kasseler chops - real easy

Kasseler Chops with Sauerkraut - always tender, great for company

Oven Fried Chicken - finger linkin' good!

Pork Chop Dinner - a full-course meal from scratch in 30 minutes

Pork and Sauerkraut - A slowcooker complete meal

Pork Hocks - a real Octoberfest food! Delicious

Pork Hocks & Sauerkraut - traditionally eaten dunked in mustard

Potato Pancakes - the traditional German pancake

Red Cabbage - goes with almost anything

Sauerkraut - traditional side for sausages

Pretzels - Homemade crispy, soft pretzels



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What others are saying ...

Debra W. says, “We will be having this tomorrow night for  a GERMAN FEAST ... Yummy.”

Virginia B says, “I made the Sauerbraten last night for dinner. Along with the fried potatoes, spatzle and red cabbage. Everything turned out great, love your recipe. Now I am turning it into soup tonight, adding my favorite kitchen pal Maggi. Thank you for the goulash recipe also, can’t waith to make that this week. :)

Brenda S. says, “Thank you. I have been looking for this one for a long time. This is an awesome cake.

Shantel Y. says, "Took this to German Fest and everyone loved it.

Isabelle M., says, "Wow! I made this last night and OMG what a delicious meal! With red cabbage it was just amazing. Thank you! Will certainly do this again and the sauce just adds so much flavor to the dish."


 




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