Oktoberfest Food

Believe it or not, there are more options for Oktoberfest fare than pretzels and sauerkraut. Even though the beer is the star of the show, food is a key part of a successful Oktoberfest party. Traditionally, a full meal is served as a part of the celebration. There are a number of different food items served at the Oktoberfest in Munich. For instance, roasted chicken (hendl) is the most popular food item at Oktoberfest. That said, some Oktoberfest food is easier to prepare than others. For a complete Oktoberfest menu, we recommend the following:


  • The Bavarian pretzel is a very common starter. Often, these soft pretzels are served with the Bavarian cheese delicacy obatzda
  • Hard stick pretzels. These are a great substitute if you don’t have the time or funds to prepare fresh warm pretzels for all of your guests.


  • Sausages (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Thüringer)
  • German Potato Salad
  • Sauerkraut
  • Red Cabbage
  • Käsespätzel
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Desserts:
  • Apple Strudel
  • German Chocolate Cake (Although this is not actually a traditional German dessert, it is enjoyed by many.)
  • Various European Cookies. Heart-shaped gingerbread cookies are a particular Oktoberfest favorite.
  • Black Forest Cake
  • Glazed Pecans or Almonds

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