Every September and October, Germans everywhere celebrate Oktoberfest. People gather together in large tents called Spiegeltents where there’s lots of entertainment. But of course, the star of the show is the food and beer. So naturally, many will travel to a nearby Oktoberfest, and some will host an Oktoberfest buffet at home with some traditional German Food Recipes.
I’ve attended Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich (thankfully before the dawn of social media) and as recently as last year at the annual celebration in Big Bear Lake, CA. It’s always a good time where you can enjoy some great food and friends. And maybe even make some more friends too!
Hosting an Oktoberfest Buffet at home
If you’re hosting an Oktoberfest event at home, be sure to prepare your menu ahead of time, particularly if you are hosting it potluck style. After all, there are several ways to make some yummy German Potato Salad, so you want to make sure there will be plenty of other dishes too!
Be sure to also include some entertainment. You’ll want to download some oompah music if a band isn’t available, and be sure to have someone ready to get the crowd fired up with some sing-alongs with Oktoberfest classics like “Ba Ba Ba Ri Ba” and responsive drinking chants like “Tiki Taki, Tiki Taki – Oi Oi Oi!!!”
You may even want to play some games. A fun one that’s easy to play is where you see who can hold out their beer stein filled with beer the longest. (These games and songs are obviously a lot more fun when you’ve already enjoyed filling your stein once or twice.) This game is really a challenge when you use a stein like the steins I brought home from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. They hold a liter! If you’re enjoying one of these, have fun, but please remember to have a designated driver.
German Food Recipes for your Oktoberfest Buffet
But for me, the biggest attraction is the delicious food. And would any Oktoberfest be complete without some yummy brats and a nice beer? So put on your apron, order a keg of your favorite German beer (mine is Warsteiner’s Dunkle), and let’s cook!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite German recipes that are perfect to serve on your Oktoberfest buffet. We’ve even included a few different recipes for the same recipe so you can look over the ingredients and ways to cook them and decide what Oktoberfest fare works best for you.
Be sure to make include some delicious homemade pretzels on your Oktoberfest buffet. They make a great appetizer, and a terrific snack food to munch on to help soak up the beer.
A lot of traditional German foods served for Oktoberfest can be heavy on carbs, so you can always serve something lighter like one of these salads to help balance your meal.
Oktoberfest Potato Dishes
No Oktoberfest buffet is complete without some delicious potato dishes. Whether you're making German Potato Salad or Kartoffelpuffer pancakes (potato pancakes), you'll enjoy serving some of these delicious recipes as a side dish.
Spaetzel - German Egg Noodle Recipes
Spaetzel are delicious, German egg noodles. They make a delicious side dish with many traditional German recipes.
Oktoberfest Main Dishes
A lot of Oktoberfest recipes are designed to go with the main dish. Those dishes are often served with a type of pork sausage called a brat, a schnitzel, or a sauerbraten. We've collected some of these traditional recipes for you to make at home.
End your Oktoberfest meal with an Oktoberfest dessert recipe. Whether you want something very traditional or an updated, easier way to make a classic, we've got some great recipes for you to enjoy.
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