Oktoberfest food – The most popular dishes at the Wiesn

Oktoberfest food – The most popular dishes at the Wiesn

Munich is best known for the annual Oktoberfest – the largest folk festival in the world. Every year millions of tourists are drawn to our beautiful Bavarian capital. At the Wiesn you can party, go on rides, drink beer and eat well above all else. But what kind of Oktoberfest food is there and are all dishes available in every tent? Our Hotel Oktoberfest München offers the needed information.

The Oktoberfest food does not only consist of Bavarian specialities. Many of the hearty and tasty dishes also come from elsewhere.

You can’t have an Oktoberfest without crispy roast chicken! It is likely the most popular Oktoberfest food and these days is also available in organic quality in some tents – for example in the Ochsenbraterei or in the Ammer tent. As a side dish you can usually choose between potatoes, sauerkraut, rice or salad. The knuckle of pork also tastes best with sauerkraut, potato salad or dumplings. It is usually included on the menu of every Oktoberfest pavilion. Fish is available in all possible variations, but the Steckerlfisch (fish on a stick) remains the most popular fish at the Oktoberfest. The fish (mostly trout, char or mackerel) is covered with a strong marinade and grilled on a stick – unrivalled and delicious! In Bavaria, people also enjoy eating sausages as a salad. The Weißwurstsalat (white sausage salad) is a popular Oktoberfest dish that can be ordered in almost any tent.

The Brezn (pretzel) is the Wiesn classic par excellence and hence it is also available as a Wiesn-Brezn in XXL. These particularly large pretzels are the favourite snack at the Oktoberfest and are often just as satisfying as a proper hot meal. By the way, in Bavaria they say ‘Brezn’, not ‘Brezel’ (German for pretzel). The properties of the Bavarian variant also differ from the Swabian original pretzel: there is no incision along the upper curve! Obazda, a typical Bavarian cheese preparation made from Camembert, Brie or other soft cheeses, goes well with this. These are crushed using butter, quark or cream to make a spreadable mass. A vegetarian delicacy invented in Freising in the 1920s. Obazda has a piquant taste and can be sprinkled with chives. The Wiesn tarte flambée is a speciality from Alsace and as such also very popular as Oktoberfest food. The tarte flambée consists of thinly rolled out bread dough with a cream of sour cream spread across it. Raw onions or bacon cubes are often used as a garnish – the German counterpart to pizza.

There’s no Oktoberfest without dessert. Even though the following delicacies also make for excellent main dishes.

Dampfnudeln (lit. steam noodles) with vanilla sauce aren’t actually noodles – don’t worry. This Oktoberfest dish consists of sweet yeast dumplings that are cooked in a pan or pot and then covered with a delicious vanilla sauce. Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria are still arguing over who actually came up with this delicious invention.

We owe our neighbour Austria one of the most popular desserts, which no Oktoberfest should do without. Kaiserschmarrn is a dish made of pancake dough, which is traditionally served with plum roaster. Raisins or almonds are included in the traditional Viennese version of Kaiserschmarrn. Even if the origin of the dessert has not been clearly established, it is at least certain that Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, the husband of the famous Empress Sisi, is the Kaiser or ’emperor’ that is referred to by this dish.

Baked almonds, gingerbread hearts and cotton candy are available at many booths across the Oktoberfest ground as a small treat in-between the amusement rides.

By no means do you have to enjoy all these delicious treats with a Maß of beer. Every pavilion also offers non-alcoholic beverages. There is even a separate café and wine tent.

Our Oktoberfest cuisine conclusion: At the Oktoberfest, you can always discover something delicious to eat, no matter if you are a vegetarian, prefer hearty meals or rather something sweet. More and more tents also offer vegan dishes. So there is something for everyone when it comes to the Oktoberfest food.

If you, too, would like to come for the Oktoberfest and are still looking for the right accommodation, then we would be delighted if you book our Atrium Hotel – just a 5 minutes’ walk from the Oktoberfest. We look forward to your visit!