Oktoberfest – get your Wiener Schnitzel on and some other traditional favourites

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Image credit: http://www.germanstl.org/oktoberfest.html

So do you know much about the background of Oktoberfest (more than just a beer drinking festival?). I didn’t, even though I do vaguely remember as a backpacker partaking in some Oktoberfest festivities……so I found this website called German Food Guide which gives a good brief summary if you are interested.

Beer is obviously the main focus of Oktoberfest and some would argue, mainly the Germans, that they make the best beer in the world.  Did you know that there are over 1,200 breweries in Germany with the most being in Bavaria, the internet is so useful for fact finding isn’t it!

One of the reasons that German Beer is so good is that they have the “German Beer Purity Law” (Reinheitsgebot) “which was designed to keep German beer pure, natural, and free from unhealthy and cheap ingredients. The law states that lager beer must be made only from barley malt, hops, yeast and water. Spices, corn, rice, sugar, unmalted grains, chemical additives, or stabilizers are not permitted ingredients for lagers. Brewers have a little more flexibility when it comes to ale beers- this is to accomodate Germany’s ancient barley-based ale and wheat-based ale traditions. German ales may contain to barley malt, hops, yeast, water, other malted grains (such as wheat, rye, spelt), sugars, and coloring agents derived from sugar”.

(paragraph from www.germanfoodguide)

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If you would like to find out more about German Beer checkout this story from An Adventurous American in Germany (photo was from there too).

So, if you are going to Oktoberfest to soak up all the beer how about trying some ….

Bratwurst for entree

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Photo credit: http://www.partygrill-worldwide.com/bratwurst.php?lang=us

Some Sauerkraut to go with it

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Joking aside sauerkraut is really good for you and if you are interested here is a link to a step by step guide on how to make it from “Chow” (photo credit from Chow too).

To keep you going you have to, of course, have a ….

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Schnitzel, here is one I made earlier.  To accompany the schnitzel how about this recipe for a traditional Bavarian Potato Salad 

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Photo: © Melissa Bagnara - Fotolia.com

To finish off the meal what could be better than Apple Strudel or if we are being German, Apfelstudel

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How yummy does this look?  Recipe and photo credit can be found here .

Do you Oktoberfest?  Any other foodie suggestions to make it authentic?

 

 

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