Happy Oktoberfest!

The Bavarian folk festival Oktoberfest officially starts at noon today and lasts through October 3rd.

The first Oktoberfest was a public celebration of King Ludwig’s marriage in 1810.

The festival involves parades, horse races, marksmen contests, traditional costumes, agricultural exhibits, music, dancing, food, and, of course, beer!

While official celebrations in Munich may be cancelled due to the Pandemic, there is no reason why we cannot celebrate this fun fall holiday safely at home! Here are some ideas..

Order a German food takeout feast

In the DC metro area, your best bets for authentic, prepared German fare to go, such as bratwurst, sauerbraten, beer and potato pancakes, is German Gourmet in Falls Church and Old Europe in Washington, DC (which also delivers within 15 miles; the sauerbraten is amazing!). I highly recommend both!

Try Aldi or Lidl for German favorites

If you don’t live in the DC area, you may have an Aldi or Lidl in your area. You should be able to find bratwurst, mustard, pretzels, pickles, apple strudel and black forest cake, among other German fare. Look for Oktoberfest snack mix.

Prepare a German-style meal

Here are some recipes that are not difficult to prepare. I have made the sauerkraut with apples a few times (it’s delicious).

Kielbasa with Roasted Kraut, Apples and Mustard Glaze (y0u could always substitute bratwurst, if you prefer)

Brats in rolls with Sauerkraut

Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Potato Pancakes

German Potato Salad

Black Forest Cake – if you make this simple Betty Crocker recipe, I recommend you use Target brand canned cherry pie filling for best flavor.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg – no German celebration, sadly

Oktoberfest is not being celebrated this year at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Das Festhaus will be featuring a Halloween production for “Howl-a-Scream” today and through October. “Bierfest” is slated to return in 2020.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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