Invite Your Friends To Raise A Glass and Celebrate Oktoberfest!

Invite Your Friends To Raise A Glass and Celebrate Oktoberfest!

Wish you were in Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest? Now you don't have to be! Recipe4Living has compiled a delicious menu of traditional German food and fun for you to host your own Oktoberfest party! 

Oktoberfest is a multi-century old German tradition that began in Munich to celebrate and commemorate the marriage of German Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Now a festival celebrated by millions all across the world, it's an excuse to kick back with some good German food and German beer! With tasty menu ideas and beer suggestions, you can have your own Oktoberfest party in your very own home.


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Start off with some spaetzle, sauerkraut or meatballs flavored with beer!

Holly's German Spaetzle Dumplings

Sauerkraut Soup


German Soft Pretzels

Beer Cheese Soup

Main Courses

Traditional Oktoberfest fare usually involves some sort of sausage, chicken or cabbage. Keep it authentic with these traditional German dishes!

Slow Cooked Spicy Kielbasa

Pork Chops and Cabbage

Chicken Breasts and Sauerkraut over Egg Noodles

Grilled Bratwurst with German Potato Salad

Schnitzel Paniert

Side Dishes

Wilted Cabbage Salad with Bacon

German Creamed Spinach

Shrimp and Fresh Herb Spaetzle with Creamy Tomato Sauce

German Oven Potatoes

German Sweet and Sour Green Beans


Try an apple-inspired torte or a rich German chocolate confection for a tasty authentic Oktoberfest dessert!

Bavarian Apple Torte

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

Plum Kuchen

Rich German Chocolate Brownies

German Butter Cake


The occasion calls for beer (and lots of it) but here are some suggestions for alternative drinks to serve in addition to your beer selection.

Apple Cider Punch

Harvest Coffee Cider

Honey Apple Tea

Cinnamon Apple Cooler

Autumn Tea

Presentation Pointers: 1. If weather permits, hold your party outdoors just like they do in Munich for the real Oktoberfest. It will make your party feel more like the real thing!

2. Make sure you've stocked up on German beer. Some authentic German brew labels include: Lowenbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Spaten, Augustiner, and Hofbrau. For extra points, serve your beer in German beer steins (see picture here)!

3. Simple playful games like beanbag tosses, relay races, or beer keg races will keep up the spirit of Oktoberfest in your own home!

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