Welcome to Oktoberfest!
Thunderous singing, steins filled to the brim with cool refreshing beer, and pork knuckles the size of your head. This is Oktoberfest! It's the biggest beer festival in the world and attracts close to 6 million people a year (can you even imagine the crowds?). But imagine visiting Oktoberfest without hordes of drunk people pushing past you. It's just you and your dog. That's not weird, right?
I know, celebrating Oktoberfest from home isn't the same as actually being there. Still, in these crazy pandemic times, we have to be a bit creative, and that may consist of getting a tad drunk, stuffing your face with juicy, plump bratwurst, and singing “country roads” at the top of your lungs. Although, you might want to write your neighbors a note of apology before we begin.
Since we have already virtually traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, this next virtual journey will be very different, so I hope you are ready to experience the craziness of Oktoberfest at home. Keep in mind that Oktoberfest is a 2-week festival, so you shouldn't be expected to complete this tour in just one day. The beauty of being home is that you can complete it whenever you want.
What to prepare before we start
Before you begin, celebrating Oktoberfest at home you should have a few things ready. First off, make sure you are stocked up on German beer. If you aren't big on beer, I recommend making a Radler, which is half beer and half lemonade. When I was at Oktoberfest, that is all I drank, and it is delish.
We will be making a traditional Bavarian breakfast which will consist of:
- Weisswurst (White Sausage): You may be able to purchase this from your local butcher, but if not, there are places you can order online. I ordered an Oktoberfest box from Gold Belly. The box consisted of a pack of weisswurst, bratwurst, knackwurst, skinny bratwurst, and 2 kinds of Bavarian mustard. A few other options are Black Forest Bratwurst Co. and Gourmet Food Store. If you can't get Weisswurst, regular breakfast sausage will be just fine, but seriously weisswurst is unbelievably tasty, and I highly recommend getting some if you can.
- A soft, fluffy pretzel: Along with your white sausage, we will munch on some pretzels. My favorite pretzel recipe is actually a pretzel muffin, so make sure you have all the ingredients because we will be making them a bit later!
- Bavarian mustard: You can't have a typical Bavarian breakfast without the mustard! If you can't find any Bavarian mustard at your local store, this one at Amazon is good.
For lunch, we will be making German fries! A traditional dish consisting of potatoes, bacon, and onions.
Then we will be making our very own Oktoberfest Gingerbread Hearts (Lebkuchenherzen) that we will be decorating. The ones at Oktoberfest aren't edible since they are usually sitting out for days, but these will be, so you can either use them for decoration, eat them, or both!
Then I have listed a bunch of typical Oktoberfest recipes at the end of the post, so you can go through them and decide what you want to make for dinner or since Oktoberfest is a 2-week festival, you can make a new recipe every night.
Now, without further ado, grab your stein of beer, and let's begin our “trip” to Oktoberfest!