Oktoberfest Food Ideas

Oktoberfest Food Ideas

Cue the oompah music! Put on those lederhosen! The biggest fall festival in Germany, Oktoberfest, has a huge following in North America too. From Los Angeles to Wisconsin to Kitchener, Ontario, who can resist the joy of drinking beer out of a big stein and snacking on soft pretzels? Bring all the fall festivities to the comfort of your home with these easy party tips and tasty recipes.


A nice soft pretzel is so satisfying with crisp German beer. Stoneware is ideal for baking fresh, soft pretzels because you can make them party-sized for a crowd on a Large or Medium Round Stone. And stoneware draws moisture away from food so your Oktoberfest pretzels turn out light and crispy. Try Mini Soft Pretzels with Honey-Mustard Dip or go crazy with Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Pretzels. Both recipes are super simple to make because you start with refrigerated pizza dough.

Twist up a beautiful soft pretzel in four steps:

  1. Move the dough ropes to the center of the stone to begin making your pretzel.
  2. Form one long rope by pinching together one end of each small dough rope.
  3. Bring the free ends of the rope together to make an open circle.
  4. Twist the free ends of the dough one time, then bring the twisted end toward yourself and fold it down onto the base of the pretzel.
How to Twist a Pretzel
How to Twist a Pretzel

Sausage Recipes

The German sausage everyone is familiar with is the iconic bratwurst. Made of pork and beef, it’s traditionally served with sweet German mustard. Try our Best Wurst cooked in beer. (It fits the theme!) You can make this dish on the stovetop or on the grill thanks to the versatile and grill-safe Rockcrok Dutch Oven®. This vessel can also cook Warm Cabbage Slaw as your brat topping.

Try serving comfort food recipes like Sausage ‘N Sauerkraut Skillet or Harvest Sausage Casserole.

Make Your Own Harissa Sauce
Warm Cabbage Slaw

German Beer

Prost! Traditional Oktoberfest beers come from six Munich breweries. While it might be too expenseive to import authentic Oktoberfest beers, consider a select sample of brews from Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Hofbräuhaus, and Spatenbräu to start the party and then swap in your favorite domestic brews throughout the night. Or get fancy and serve up some unique beer cocktails like the Michelada or Bloody Beer.

Beer Cocktails

Roasted Chicken

Spit-roasted chicken is synonymous with Oktoberfest. It permeates the air in Munich. Most of us don’t have a rotisserie at home, but with the Deep Covered Baker or Rockcrock® Dutch Oven, you can roast a whole chicken in the microwave. No, it won’t turn out rubbery.

These main dish recipes are delicious:

Roast chicken for Oktoberfest
Roast Chicken for Oktoberfest

Crowd-Pleasing Dessert

Treat your Oktoberfest patrons to personal-sized Black Forest Brownies. With the Brownie Pan, everyone gets perfect chewy edges. You can top it with frozen whipped topping or impress your guests with homemade whipped cream by using the Whipped Cream Maker.

Black Forest Brownies
Black Forest Brownies

Quick Oktoberfest Decoration Ideas

  • Hang blue & white streamers from the ceiling and tables.
  • Fill empty beer bottles with white flowers.
  • String together little store-bought pretzels with lace ribbon to make pretzel garlands for your tables.

2 Responses to Oktoberfest Food Ideas

  1. Suzy Qawiyy September 8, 2021 at 10:17 am #

    Sandy, you posted a picture of honey mustard dip in the Table outline, but no recipe. Can we please have that. I have a customer asking and it does look really good. Thank you.-SuzyQ

    • Pampered Chef September 13, 2021 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Suzy — Here you go!
      ½ cup Greek yogurt (60 mL)
      ½ cup (60 mL) mayonnaise
      2 tbsp (15 mL) apple cider vinegar
      4 tbsp (30 mL) rub
      2 tbsp (15 mL) honey
      Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Store in the fridge for up to a month.

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