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Traditional Oktoberfest Food Ideas (German Recipes 2023)

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An amazing collection of delicious, authentic, traditional Oktoberfest food ideas. Whether you are looking for German appetizers, desserts, or menu ideas for an Oktoberfest party, these easy Oktoberfest food recipes will please everyone!

If you are looking for recipes for German food, you are in the right place. Make your Oktoberfest menu from this selection of more than 46 German appetizers, main dishes, sides, and dessert ideas.

Oktoberfest food images for German goulash, Bavarian pretzels, spaetzle and apple strudel!

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is an annual festival which began in Munich. It actually begins in September, ending the on the first Sunday in October.

The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

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10 Authentic Oktoberfest Celebrations in the U.S.

You do not need to travel across the Atlantic in order to celebrate Oktoberfest in traditional style. Check out these 10 authentic American Oktoberfest celebrations right here in the US.

  1. Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, Michigan | 30 years they have been celebrating Oktoberfest!
  2. Tulsa Oktoberfest | celebrates authentic Bavarian culture in the heart of Oklahoma!
  3. Helen, GA Oktoberfest | For those in the south, a fun, traditional Oktoberfest celebration.
  4. Fredericksberg, TX | A true celebration of our German heritage in the Polka Capital of Texas!
  5. Four Peaks Oktoberfest, Tempe AZ | They are back this year!
  6. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, CA | Touted as the best German celebration in Southern California.
  7. Oktoberfest Zinzinatti, OH | Promises of coming back in 2021!
  8. Snowbirds Oktoberfest, UT | Oktoberfest at Snowbird is a family-friendly affair with activities, food, and, of course, brews for days.
  9. New Ulm Oktoberfest, MN | Come to one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the nation! 
  10. Oktoberfest in Vail, CO | I had to add one for our fair state, the town of Vail transports you to a quaint European style village.
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Oktoberfest Food Ideas

Back in my early 20’s I spent 6 months as an au pair in Berlin, Germany. I tried so many new German foods and fell in love with them all!

I discovered red cabbage (rotkohl), apple kuchen, black bread, strudels and rote grütze! Most of these traditional Oktoberfest recipes are represented below!

From German appetizers to traditional Oktoberfest food like sauerbraten, and schnitzel, to pretzels, red cabbage, spaetzle and kuchens, we have you covered with these foods for Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest Ideas for a Party

So plan your Oktoberfest menu, then grab your Lederhosen or Dirndl Oktoberfest dress, polish your beer stein and invite your friends over and celebrate with these fun party ideas for Oktoberfest!

Whether you are truly authentic or are looking for delicious German food recipes, these are some of the best traditional Oktoberfest food ideas and not overwhelming.

You might even want to mix up a drink, this cocktail would hit it out of the park.

Oktoberfest Appetizers and Starters

Start your festivities off right with these delicious starters and drinks!

Oktoberfest Main Dish Ideas

Make a traditional Oktoberfest feast with these fantastic and delicious recipes.

Best Oktoberfest Sides

Because sides are what make a meal! Gather your family and friends and dive into these delicious German side dishes!

Favorite Oktoberfest Desserts

Browse through these traditional and not-so-traditional desserts to complete your Oktoberfest feast!

I hope you will break out of the norm and try one or two or more of these Oktoberfest ideas for a party!

Don’t worry if you end up celebrating in October, it took me decades to realize this wasn’t a celebration during the entire month of October!

I hope you loved a few of these Oktoberfest food ideas — if you did, would you share your creation on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest? And be sure to comment below!

Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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