Top 20 Oktoberfest Food and Drink Ideas
October means one thing to diehard fall fans: Oktoberfest. A time for fun with a German influence, in the form of eating, drinking and dancing. In fact, no one is stopping you from throwing on a pair of Lederhosen and cracking open a German beer at home. From potato pancakes to Schweinebraten (German-style roast pork), we’ve rounded up all sorts of delicious German recipes to contribute to the always lively Oktoberfest.
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What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is a celebration of good times and everyone is German when it comes to Oktoberfest! So, get ready to turn up the volume on the polka music, grab a tall mug full of pilsner, and indulge in delicious German delicacies.
What kind of food is served at Oktoberfest?
In this summary of 20 The best food and drink ideas for Oktoberfestyou will find recipes for Gluten Free Pork Schnitzel with German Potato Salad, Oktoberfest Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, Slow Cooker Sausage with Bavarian Sauerkraut, laugenbrezel (German pretzels) and many Bavarian desserts, such as the Bavarian cream with hazelnut liqueur and the Bavarian chocolate cake.
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The best ideas to eat and drink at Oktoberfest
Scroll through our picks to see (and pin) all of these authentic Oktoberfest recipes before the festivities begin. Prost!
german potato salad
German potato salad is one of those dishes that even those who haven’t tried it know a thing or two about. It contains bacon and is served warm, but if you’ve ever tried it, you know the flavor profile is unlike most other tater salads out there. See the recipe.
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The Germans call this type of dish Vorspiese—literally “before meal”— something tasty to whet your appetite that can also work as a snack between meals or a late-night dinner. And it is certainly delicious at any time of the day. See the recipe.
German Split Pea Soup
A hearty soup that has a German influence. See the recipe.
Oktoberfest sweet and sour red cabbage
Good German food starts with red cabbage. See the recipe.
Gluten Free Pork Escalope with German Potato Salad
Of course you need schnitzel for Oktoberfest! See the recipe.
A good hearty German stew! See the recipe.
Schweinebraten (German-style roast pork)
Slow Roasted German Pork Yum! See the recipe.
German Beer Cheese Spread
Beer and cheese are so German and perfect for Oktoberfest. See the recipe.
German Cucumber Salad
A simple cucumber salad is perfect for Oktoberfest. See the recipe.
Beer Braised Chicken
German Beer Braised Chicken is the perfect Oktoberfest dinner. See the recipe.
Semmelknödel (Bavarian bread dumplings)
Plain meatballs are the centerpiece of any German feast. See the recipe.
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Bierocks (German stuffed rolls)
How about a German version of a hot pocket? See the recipe.
Bavarian Pub Pretzel Crisps
A quick and easy way to make a pretzel chip! See the recipe.
Bratwurst with beer and caramelized sauerkraut
Sausage and kraut – this is Oktoberfest! See the recipe.
Vegan Kartoffelkäse (potato and cheese spread)
A wonderful cheese with a vegan twist! Anyone can enjoy Oktoberfest! See the recipe.
Breaded beef with mushroom sauce and bacon
A smoky bacon flavor is what makes this German dish amazing. See the recipe.
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bavarian chocolate cake
A sweet Bavarian dessert and it has chocolate too! See the recipe.
bavarian apple pie
German apples and sweets go hand in hand. See the recipe.
Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Tenderloin Tip Roast with Sour Cream Sauce
A wonderful slow-cooked pork roast with a sour cream sauce…now that’s German cooking! See the recipe.
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Bavarian Cream with Hazelnut Liqueur
A sweet Bavarian dessert that everyone will like. See the recipe.