The Oktoberfest is the largest Volksfest in the world. Every year at the fest, millions of people descend upon Munich to partake in the epic multiple week party. Among the rides, beer tents, and countless vendors, there are way too many foods for any person to try within one day. Despite that, there are definitely staples of German cuisine and Oktoberfest specialities that must be tried to help create the most fulfilling Wiesn experience possible.
One of the best traditional Bavarian foods to try while at the fest is Weisswurst. Literally meaning “white sausage”, this sausage is not to be eaten after noon and is often paired with a special brown mustard and pretzel for a perfect meal to start your day off right. Be sure to peel back the casing before you eat and do not be afraid to just go at it with your hands as that is the traditional way to eat it.
Another must-have sausage of the Oktoberfest is Currywurst. A street-vendor favorite, this aptly named dish features a sausage covered in curry sauce and usually served with a side of fries. Although not from the Munich area or as steeped in tradition as Weisswurst, this dish is a definite crowd pleaser and great almost anytime from lunch to dinner.
If you are looking for something other than sausage to eat, Fishbroetchen are in abundance at Wiesn. Filled with varying types of, usually smoked, fish, these rolls can be found quite easily. They are often served simply with the fish and some onion on a roll. Every stand does it a bit different so be sure to find one that looks appetizing to you and dig in.
A main staple of the fest is, of course, the pretzel. Not only a side show to other meals, such as the before mentioned Weisswurst, you can also find giant pretzels meant to be enjoyed by themselves. Usually served with a side of mustard, they can also be served with cheese or butter inside of them. Smaller pretzels are also sold throughout the fest at most vendors if you are just looking to pick up a quick snack.
If you are in the mood for more of a hefty meal, look no further than Schweinhaxe. This roasted pork knuckle dish cooked until the skin crisps is sure to warm your soul and pairs great with a beer for a sit-down meal once you get yourself into one of the beer tents at the fest. Often it is served covered in brown gravy alongside a knoedel, a type of dumpling, this meal is sure to fill you up and have you up and ready to keep the party going all night long.
Another great meal for those looking to fill up is Hendl. This no-frills dish is simply a roasted half-chicken. The simplicity of this dish does not take away from its flavor, and they become a continuous sight for anyone spending time within beer tents. In fact, every Oktoberfest sees hundreds of thousands of Hendl sold. These are a great food to pair with your beers within the tents to scave off hunger and allow you to keep having fun.
Regardless of what food you decide to eat while enjoying the Oktoberfest, the most important thing is to make sure you enjoy yourself. To this end, there is no better way to enjoy whatever meal you decide to try than by wearing a nice traditional pair of Lederhosen So if you are planning on making an appearance at Wiesn and eating your heart out, I recommend heading over to Bavaria Trachten and picking up a pair of beautiful traditional Lederhosen so you can look as good as you feel on your food journey.