Oktoberfest (sometimes spelled 'Octoberfest' in English-speaking countries) originated in 1810 in Munich, Germany, as part of a royal wedding celebration. It became so popular that it is now celebrated in many areas throughout the world, especially those with a substantial population of German decent. In modern-day Munich, the festival, which includes music, dancing, lots of beer and great food, starts in late September and lasts about sixteen days into early October. In this country, it is celebrated most often throughout the month of October.
I have chosen recipes that are as authentically German as possible. Some are Pennsylvania Dutch, based on my family's German heritage, which were altered as needed to incorporate foods available to early immigrants in this country. I posted two of my favorite German menus, one a traditional dinner with Sauerbraten as the entrée, the other a casual menu featuring brat and sauerkraut sandwiches. In addition to the menus, I posted main dishes, side dishes and desserts that provide alternate choices for a variety of events throughout the month. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can visit my Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes page for more German-inspired recipes. Additionally, you can use the search box above or browse the Recipes Files for other dishes to round out the meal. With so many choices, you can celebrate Oktoberfest and feast all month long.