The 5 Best Oktoberfest Dishes
The world’s biggest folk festival, Oktoberfest, goes all in on bratwurst, beer and Bavarian culture. The 16 – 18 day event typically runs from mid-September through the first weekend of October, with more than 6 million people attending the festival in Munich.
Here in Oz, Octoberfest is celebrated in all our capital cities, with all the German beers and food, as well as dancing and singing performances.
So buckle up, slip into something a little more lederhosen and tame your Munich munchies with our favourite Oktoberfest dishes.
Käsespätzle (Cheese Noodles)
The name translates to “little cheese sparrows”, but there’s nothing flighty about this hearty dish. Sort of the German version of mac and cheese, käsespätzle features soft egg noodles mixed with grated cheese and fried onion. Also known as “bliss in a bowl”.
Schweinebraten (Roast Pork)
No one knows their way around a pig like the Germans. The roasted pork shoulder becomes tender and rich with a crunchy, salty crackling crust. Serve with gravy, dumplings and sauerkraut for an authentic German feast. Diet starts tomorrow.
Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle)
…because you can never have too much pork. The ham hock is marinated and roasted until the skin is golden and crisp, then served on the bone alongside sauerkrat and potatoes. Warning: serving size = super generous. Come hungry!
Germany, home of the hot dog, has more than 1,500 different varieties of sausage. A perfectly versatile takeaway snack, they can be served in buns with mustard, fried and smothered with curry sauce, chopped and mixed through sauerkraut, or simply enjoyed on their own.
Reiberdatschi (Potato Pancakes)
When potato meets pancake, everybody wins. The potato is grated or ground and then mixed with flour and egg and fried to create a crisp, flaky and hearty snack. You say “potato”, we say “gimme.”