Oktoberfest Menu and Party Ideas

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Near the end of September, October is upon us, and that means it is Oktoberfest time! Did you know Oktoberfest in Munich draws millions of people each year to their celebration of the German culture and food? Since you may not be able to get to Munich this year, how about hosting your own Oktoberfest party complete with Oktoberfest menu full of German dishes to celebrate? And don’t forget a little Polka music for original flair, either!

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

1. Consider having your party outdoors if the weather is nice – set up a small pop-up tent with colorful banners or keep it simple with a colorfully decorated picnic table and chairs.

2. Use bright colors for decorating – blue and white (checkered, of course) for the State of Bavaria colors or go with the traditional black, red, and gold of the German flag. Keep things as simple as colorful napkins, table runners, and flowers, or go all out and add banners, balloons, and costumes!

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3. Enjoy a little Polka music, play kazoos, or round things out with some accordion tunes – sure to bring a smile to faces!

4. Lastly, serve up some traditional German food fare.

Oktoberfest Menu Ideas

For your Oktoberfest menu, consider these delectable recipes:

Soft Pretzels

Beer Cheese Soup

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Smoked Sausages and Onions

German Style Potato Salad

Paprika Spiced Pork and Sauerkraut Stew

Easy Black Forest Cake

And here’s an easy meal for the party – just 4 simple ingredients!

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* 6 beef bratwursts
* 1 small onion, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup sweet and hot pepper strips
* 6 hot dog buns

1. Preheat your grill to medium-high OR heat oven up to 450 degrees F.

2.  Center each sausage on a sheet of Heavy Duty aluminum foil; top with 2 tablespoons of the onions and peppers.

3. Fold up the foil sides; double fold the top and ends to form a large foil packet (with room for heat to circulate inside).

4. Grill for 20 minutes in covered grill OR bake for 25-30 minutes on a cookie sheet in the oven.

5. Serve on buns (with some sauerkraut, if desired).


What are your favorite Oktoberfest or German dishes?  Any fond family heritage memories or ideas you would like to share?  Please leave us a comment below.

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September 25th, 2014

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