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Celebrating Oktoberfest at home? Check out our favorite, traditional Bavarian recipes that are classic Oktoberfest foods and easy to make at home.

Four images of classic Bavarian food

One of the most important parts about the Oktoberfest besides the beer is the food! My husband and I love going to the Wiesn. We even lived in Munich for many years so you can definitely say we are experts on Bavarian food. The Oktoberfest is an annual 2 week-long festival that takes place in the same spot, called the Theresienwiese, it starts in September (because the weather is nicer) and ends on the first Sunday in October.

The food that is served at the festival is classic Bavarian cuisine, from Brotzeitplatten, roasted chicken (Brathendl), pork hox (Schweinshaxn), to Kaiserschmarrn and Apfelstrudel. If you like comfort food you will be in heaven!

So without any further ado, go ahead and check out our recipes, give them a try, come back and let us know how much you loved them! O’zapft is!

Collage of images showing food from the Oktoberfest

Appetizers and Snacks

You can get pretzels everywhere! They make a great snack and you can even get massive ones which you can share with the family. They’re also part of one of the favorite Oktoberfest foods of the locals: Brotzeitplatten which consist of a selection of deli meat, sausages, radish, Obatzda, and pretzels or other baked goods. This would make a great thing to make at home for guests!

Another favorite snack is Bratwurst (Sausages) served on a crispy bun with mustard or ketchup. Nürnberger Bratwurst is my favorite, you can often get three small sausages on a bun – so tasty!

A white bowl of Obatzda (German Beer Cheese Dip) with a spoon, garnished with chives on a wooden cutting board. There's a pretzel on a white dishtowel with a red stripe next to it and a beer stein in the background.
5 from 20 votes

Bavarian Beer Cheese Spread (Obatzda)

Obatzda, a flavorful German Beer Cheese Spread, is a beer garden classic made with camembert cheese, butter, and beer! This easy cheese dip can be made ahead and makes a delicious appetizer or snack with pretzels or rustic bread. Perfect for your next Oktoberfest party!
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A pretzel leaning against a bread basket, containing more pretzels with a white and blue dish towel in the background.
4.74 from 23 votes

Bavarian Pretzels Recipe

These Bavarian pretzels are a very popular snack in Germany and perfect for your next Oktoberfest party! They taste delicious dipped in cheese sauce and are easy to make at home with simple ingredients. This authentic German Pretzel Recipe makes enough for a crowd as an appetizer.
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Sides and Salads

Lots of differents sides and salads to choose from! Spaetzle, bread dumblings, and potato dumblings are usually served with saucy dishes like roasts with gravy. Schnitzel is always served with fries or potato salad and often comes with a side salad or cucumber salad.

A white bowl of spaetzle garnished with parsley on a grey dishtowel next to a wooden spoon.
4.94 from 161 votes

Easy German Spaetzle Recipe

Easy German Spaetzle are ready in only 15 minutes and make a great side for all dishes served with a sauce!
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Potato salad in a white bowl
4.97 from 89 votes

German Potato Salad

My German Potato Salad is made with vinegar, bacon, and onion and can be served warm or cold. A perfect hearty side dish for any occasion, from holiday dinners to BBQs!
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Bread Dumplings on a plate with parsley
5 from 4 votes

Bread Dumplings (Semmelknoedel)

German Bread Dumplings are a perfect side dish for anything with gravy! This traditional Bavarian recipe made from bread can be rolled into balls or a log.
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German Cucumber salad in a white salad bowl on a wooden table with a spoon in it
4.95 from 51 votes

German Cucumber Salad Recipe

German Cucumber Salad is a refreshing summer salad made with simple ingredients that are a staple in most kitchens! This recipe is easy to make, budget-friendly, and perfect for a potluck, family dinner, or summer cookout.
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Rotkohl in a white bowl.
4.97 from 28 votes

German Red Cabbage (Rotkohl)

German Red Cabbage (Rotkohl) is a popular German side dish that is very easy to make from scratch! It tastes so aromatic with a distinctive sweet and sour flavor and makes a perfect side for a roast dinner together with spaetzle or potato dumplings. This recipe for braised red cabbage with apples is a family favorite!
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A white bowl of Bavarian sausage salad with cheese on a white dishtowel.
5 from 2 votes

Bavarian Sausage Salad with Cheese

Bavarian Wurst Salad with Cheese is a perfect summer dish! Made with sliced ring bologna, Emmental cheese, and pickles this popular beer garden dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! 
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Main Dishes

There are lots of different main dishes served at the Oktoberfest. Some tents are famous for one special dish like the Ochsenbraterei which serves grilled ox. Other classic foods besides the ones I linked below are Schweinebraten (pork roast), Brathendl (roasted chicken), and Steckerlfisch (fish grilled on a stick).

A roasted pork hock with crispy skin and a white and blue dish towel in the background.
4.94 from 46 votes

German Pork Hock (Schweinshaxe Recipe)

German Pork Hock, also known as roasted ham hock or Schweinshaxe, is a traditional Bavarian dish that’s popular not only during the Oktoberfest but all year round. This easy pork knuckle recipe takes a few hours but cooks without too much effort on your part and rewards you with crispy pork crackling and tender meat.
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A white bowl of goulash, containing red peppers, beef and potatoes, topped with parsley. There's a white dish towel with red stripes and some red peppers next to it.
5 from 4 votes

Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian goulash is so easy to make! Loaded with tender beef and veggies this slow-cooked stew is perfect for cold days and also known as German Goulash.
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A cast-iron pan with cheese spaetzle. A slotted spatula is lifting out a portion.
4.93 from 13 votes

Cheese Spaetzle Recipe

Cheese Spaetzle (Käsespätzle) is the German version of Mac and Cheese! Made with homemade German egg noodles and Emmental cheese. This Bavarian dish is special enough for an Oktoberfest party but so easy that you can make it every day!
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Two fried Schnitzels on a white plate, garnished with a wedge of lemon and parsley
5 from 22 votes

Schnitzel

Schnitzel pan-fried to golden perfection with a crispy breading just like at your favorite German restaurant!
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Schnitzel topped with Mushroom, bacon gravy, garnished with parsley
5 from 8 votes

Jagerschnitzel

Jagerschnitzel are crispy breaded schnitzels topped with an easy creamy mushroom bacon gravy. Learn how to make this classic German recipe!
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Sweet Treats

My favorite part of the Wiesn are the desserts, cakes, and treats you can get! There are even tents at the festival that have a bakery set up so everything is freshly baked and you can enjoy warm apple strudel, croissants, and so many cakes. Kaiserscharrn is probably the most ordered dessert and comes with fresh fruit, preserves, and apple sauce – so yummy!

You can also buy lots of sweet snacks and treats outside of the tents, like candied nuts, fruit covered in chocolate, and the famous Lebkuchenherzen, heart-shaped gingerbread with cute messages on them.

A glass bowl of cinnamon candied almonds with a red ribbon around it.
4.89 from 59 votes

Easy Cinnamon Candied Almonds

Easy Cinnamon Candied Almonds are sweet, crunchy and make your house smell amazing! They can be made in less than 10 minutes and make a great snack for your next holiday party.
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Close-up of a pan with Kaiserschmarrn with powdered sugar on top on a white and blue dish towel with a white bowl of apple sauce in the background
5 from 30 votes

Kaiserschmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn (Scrambled Pancake) is an Austrian dessert that's also very popular in Bavaria!
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Black Forest Cake. The cake has chocolate shavings on the side and swirls of whipped cream topped with whole cherries on top
4.93 from 52 votes

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake is a fluffy chocolate sponge cake with a delicious homemade cherry filling and whipped cream. A flavorful and beautiful German dessert! PLEASE READ THE POST BEFORE STARTING TO BAKE, IT HAS ALL MY TIPS AND TRICKS.
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A piece of apple strudel topped with powdered sugar on a white plate with a fork on a white dishcloth, with an apple in the background.
4.92 from 86 votes

Apple Strudel Recipe

Apple Strudel is much easier to make from scratch than you think and tastes amazing dusted with powdered sugar! Everyone will love this traditional Apfelstrudel that has a flaky crust and is filled with juicy spiced apples.
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About Julia Foerster

Hi, I'm Julia! Born in Germany, I call Canada now my home and love to share my favorite dishes with you! Here you'll find hundreds of recipes, all made from scratch, with lots of tips and detailed step-by-step instructions.

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