We've reached the time of year again when it’s acceptable — encouraged even — to drink ungodly amounts of beer and wear outfits almost identical to Hansel and Gretel’s. It's Oktoberfest!
The Munich fete, which runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, will celebrate its 179th anniversary this year. The festival includes circus-like tents hosted by breweries, which will be packed with visitors from all over the world. There, you’ll find the best bratwurst, roast chicken, and pretzels you've ever had; braid-clad barmaids in dirndls; fantastic folk music; and some of the finest beers you’ll ever taste.
Though branded "Oktoberfest," the celebration was moved to late September soon after its inception so patrons could enjoy the warmer weather and celebrate later into the night without getting too chilly.
Here’s another fun fact: The party isn't confined to Munich — all over Germany there are similar festivals happening. And across the globe, countries host their own Oktoberfests designed to mirror those in Munich.
In case you can't get to Germany (or your local Oktoberfest) this year, we're here to show you how to create one at home.
So here it goes, Oktoberfest 101:
1. Head outside: The weather, though getting cooler each day, is still warm enough to have a party out in the open. If you’re going to do celebrate in your yard, rent picnic tables or long tables and cover them with blue and white tablecloths — the Bavarian colors. If you want to, spring for a large tent and hang décor from the ceiling.
2. The tunes: Go for folk music; if you have any band buddies, have them set up shop and play the classic jams of the festival. If not, pick up a polka CD or hire folk musicians.
3. The attire: Go all out. Gents, wear lederhosen and ladies, throw on a dirndl — they’ll make great Halloween costumes later on, just do it. If you don’t want to spend the money, you can certainly work some DIY magic.
4. Food: Create a traditional meal with all of the right dishes: bratwurst, sauerkraut, roasted chicken, hot potato salad, and crusty bread. And don't forget the hot soft pretzels with mustard. As for dessert, your best bets are black forest cake or apple strudel.
5. Drink: Buy a few kegs of German beer and invest in some steins — this is going to be an annual bash after all, right?
10 authentic Oktoberfests in the U.S. you should know about
Despite its name, Oktoberfest actually begins in September. Traditionally, the festivities run over the two weeks leading up to the first Sunday in October. The inspiration for this Bavarian festival began over 200 years ago when Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The celebration was so popular it became an annual event. The epicenter of Oktoberfest is Munich, the capital city of Bavaria. But you don&rsquot have to cross the Atlantic to get a taste of Germany&rsquos largest Volksfest! There are plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the United States – and these are the most authentic.
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How To Host The Ultimate Oktoberfest Party!
Want to party like the Germans without dropping some serious euros? You don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to partake in the festivities. Dust off your beer steins (ahem, krugs) pick up some choice brauts, and let the hefeweizen flow, because Oktoberfest is upon us yet again.
The original Munich Oktoberfest dates back to Oct. 12, 1810, when a party was thrown to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. All of Munich’s citizens were invited and they packed Theresienwiese, or “Theresa’s Field,” for a glimpse of the royal affair. Horse races that followed the wedding celebration marked the true start of the annual tradition, and the Agricultural Show is still part of the festivities today.
These days, locals and tourists alike congregate on die Wiesn (the lawn) for the modern Oktoberfests that are quite the enduring tribute to Bavarian culture. Oh, and did we mention beer? Yeah, there’s lots of beer. One indisputable rule of Oktoberfest dictates that all the drafts served must originate from one of Munich’s six breweries — Augustiner, Hofbräu Münchner, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Löwenbräu, and Spaten-Franziskaner. By the end of the 19th century, modest booths were replaced by grand beer halls to accommodate the increasing number of patrons, musicians, and entertainment.
While shopping for your party provisions, keep an eye out for the quintessential Oktoberfest beers, which are brewed for the festival. The newer specialty Oktoberfest brews are pale ales, lending a light, balanced flavor. If you want to sample the original style traditionally served since the fest’s inception, try the märzen. It is darker and spicier in flavor, but beware of its high alcohol content.
In addition to the myriad meats and salty side dishes, there are a handful of tasty German desserts to help quell sweet cravings after a day of Oktoberfest drinking. Apple strudel and plum cake will help round out your party menu. If you want to get creative, try bienenstich, a cream-filled cake with a caramelized almond topping. Another authentic Bavarian treat worth trying is Kaiserschmarrn. This sweet pancake dish is one of the region’s most renowned desserts and will be a favorite for those who love a warm finish to a hearty meal.
The Table Atmosphere
Oktoberfest is a celebration not only of culture, but also of merriment, camaraderie, and togetherness. To replicate the cozy atmosphere, simply employ benches in lieu of chairs. Much like the true German Oktoberfest, guests will get to know each other and become close friends in no time. Be sure to add some blue and white flair to decorate the table, as these are Bavaria’s colors.
Arguably one of the more fun elements of Oktoberfest is donning the traditional German attire. Yes, gentlemen, this means lederhosen! The proper dress for women is called a dirndl. If you want to get really serious, pick up a Tirolerhüte, a traditional Bavarian hat complete with a plume of goat hair. Though this apparel might be hard to come by in stores across the U.S., you can purchase these items online with ease. Plus, the Oktoberfest season falls in line with another holiday where your new costume will certainly come in handy: Halloween!
Known in America as a beer stein, the German word for this impressive goblet is “krug.” And when asking for a fresh top-off, remember to request another “mass” or liter of beer. Prior to the year 1892, the Oktoberfest krugs were all crafted from stone. Today, all krugs are made of glass and it is customary to clink your krug with your drinking companions, as you all yell “prost” (the German word for cheers!). And remember, Oktoberfest etiquette dictates that you never drink with two hands, so mind your manners.
As one might suspect, the festival menu is chock-full of mouthwatering meats and the side dishes that complement them. Roast pork and rotisserie chicken pair nicely with homemade potato salad (or potato dumplings if you’re feeling ambitious). Sausages are also in high demand and include anything from bratwurst to frankfurters. Try a sweet mustard with the sausages as the Bavarians do. And of course there is bretz’n: the giant oversalted pretzels that are impossible to resist.
Each year in Munich the first keg is tapped by the mayor, who then declares “O`zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”) Until this tradition is complete, no one may drink. Following the ceremony is a 12-gun salute and a colorful parade of costume groups, riflemen, musicians, and even some horses and other livestock. While it may not be possible to get a keg of the authentic Munich festival brews, a tapping ceremony can be replicated by appointing a makeshift mayor to kick off your Oktoberfest party.
Speaking of music, more than 400 performers play at Munich’s celebration every year and this serves as a main component of the entertainment. Traditionally brass bands play “oompah” music to get people on their feet, and occasionally, on the benches and tables. While it might be a bit difficult to employ a true oompah-playing Bavarian brass band at your party, live music is a cornerstone of the Oktoberfest experience.
What would the world’s largest fair be without a few games and amusements? Die Wiesn is brimming with amusement rides and games for patrons, including everything from the Weissbier Carousel to rollercoasters, and even a giant Ferris wheel. Incorporate the fairground mood with carnival games and booth-style creations to get your party-goers in the spirit.
There is one thing you will see all over the place in Bavaria during the fest, and that is “Lebkuchen” hearts, or gingerbread hearts. These large iced cookies are inscribed with proclamations of love for your sweetheart, or schatz. To get the crowd involved, set up a Lebkuchen station for your guests to ice their own edible love notes. These treats double as dessert and souvenirs!
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How to Host Your Own Oktoberfest
So you want to host your own Oktoberfest party? Wunderbar! You’ve come to the right place. Backyard Oktoberfest is here to help you plan for, set up, and enjoy the best Oktoberfest party outside of Munich - right in your own backyard. Pop “Oktoberfest” into Pinterest or any search engine, and you’ll find pictures of pretzels, beer, and Bavarian-themed decorations of all kinds. But how can you tell the difference between the authentically German and other less-than-authentic elements? How do you know what’s needed to make your party a success? That’s where we come in.
It is our mission at Backyard Oktoberfest to provide you with the wealth of knowledge needed to design a truly authentic experience for your guests. From the moment of the ceremonial keg-tapping to night-long cheers of Ein Prosit, your guests will feel as if they’ve been transported to one of Munich’s biergartens, all without having to get a passport first.
Let’s start at the beginning you need to inform your guests of your grand event. Most hosts nowadays use social media or email to send out electronic invitations. There are certainly benefits to this method. You can add to or edit the guest list as needed and provide your guests with up-to-the minute information about your Oktoberfest. However, for larger events, or to add a personal touch, we recommend going old-school as a nod to the Old World and send paper invitations along with instructions that tell your guests how to RSVP at least a month before the event. A truly great Oktoberfest party requires a lot of preparation, so nailing down the headcount as early as possible will make planning much easier.
Hosting any kind of party can get out of hand quickly if you’re not organized. A checklist is a good way to stay on top of things, but who has time to sit down and write one? We did! It’s the only Oktoberfest checklist you’ll ever need, and it’s free. Download your FREE Backyard Oktoberfest Checklist (752KB)
Beer is obviously very important for any Oktoberfest party. Starting in August, you’ll be able to find a number of Oktoberfest-style beers at your local grocery or liquor stores. Grabbing a few six packs of these or other German beers is certainly an option - one that’s recommended by many “how-to host your own Oktoberfest” articles, especially if you do not want to spend a lot of money on imported beverages.
However, if you want to create a truly authentic experience, you should buy beer from the six Munich breweries that have tents at Oktoberfest. Only these six breweries can produce the official Oktoberfestbier that is served in Munich:Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten. Not all Munich breweries ship their Oktoberfest beer worldwide. Currently only Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Spaten Oktoberfestbier are shipped to the United States. These are more costly than domestic options, but we think it’s more than worth the extra expense. And your guests, who may not taste these beers anywhere else, will likely appreciate it, too.
If you go the imported route and would like to honor tradition further, Spaten should be the first beer opened at your party. Traditionally, the ceremonial barrel-tapping happens at noon on the first Saturday of Oktoberfest. Whether you tap a keg or crack open some bottles, as the host you should be the first to do so and proclaim "O’zapft is!" (It is tapped!).
Believe it or not, there are more options for Oktoberfest fare than pretzels and sauerkraut. Even though the beer is the star of the show, food is a key part of a successful Oktoberfest party. Traditionally, a full meal is served as a part of the celebration. There are a number of different food items served at the Oktoberfest in Munich. For instance, roasted chicken (hendl) is the most popular food item at Oktoberfest. That said, some Oktoberfest food is easier to prepare than others. For a complete Oktoberfest menu, we recommend the following:
- The Bavarian pretzel is a very common starter. Often, these soft pretzels are served with the Bavarian cheese delicacy obatzda
- Hard stick pretzels. These are a great substitute if you don’t have the time or funds to prepare fresh warm pretzels for all of your guests.
- Sausages (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Thüringer)
- German Potato Salad
- Red Cabbage
- Boiled Potatoes
- Roasted Chicken
- Apple Strudel
- German Chocolate Cake (Although this is not actually a traditional German dessert, it is enjoyed by many.)
- Various European Cookies. Heart-shaped gingerbread cookies are a particular Oktoberfest favorite.
For recipes and more information, check out our Food page
Stylized clothing is the quickest way to get into the right mindset for any theme party, and an Oktoberfest celebration is no exception. Lederhosen and dirndls are the most popular attire worn at Oktoberfest. When hosting a backyard Oktoberfest party, encourage your guests to don the traditional attire, or at least novelty T-shirts that make it look like they are. For a list of shops or more information about traditional Oktoberfest attire check out our Clothes page.
For hosts of a backyard Oktoberfest party, we highly recommend purchasing authentic traditional attire, but we know that it is not the cheapest or easiest option. If authentic clothing is not within your budget, we encourage you to visit your local costume shop or an online Halloween retailer. If all else fails, the combination of khaki shorts, a checkered shirt, and suspenders would work. Take a look at the photos on our site, and be creative. Anything that will get you and your guests in the Oktoberfest spirit helps make for a better party.
If you have the funds, hiring a local band is always a great way to entertain your guests. Keep in mind that traditional German bands are likely appearing at local Oktoberfest events throughout September and October. During Oktoberfest season, it’s best to book early to increase the chances that the band you want to hire is available for your event.
Even if you cannot afford a band, you should still play music at your party. It’s a great way to keep guests entertained and encourage them to get into the spirit of the event. You may be surprised to learn that German oompah music is not the only kind of music played at Oktoberfest. There is a good mix of traditional oompah and other German tunes, but there are also a number of popular English songs.
A big part of the Oktoberfest experience in Munich is singing along with the band and your closest 10,000 friends. There are a number of traditional Oktoberfest songs that encourage people to get up and dance. One of the most popular is Fliegerlied. Don’t be afraid to stand up on a chair or sturdy table to do this dance along with your guests. Teach them the steps as you go, and encourage everyone to dance along.
One requirement of any authentic Oktoberfest party is playing "Ein Prosit" every 20-30 minutes, just like they do in Munich. Every time this song is played, encourage your guests to stand up, raise their glasses, and sing along. We recommend placing cards with the lyrics, along with a phonetic pronunciation key and a translation, on every table, so your guests can follow along. At the conclusion of the song, everyone should clink their glasses and take a drink. More information about "Ein Prosit" and a suggested playlist of songs for your party can be found on our Music page.
The beer tents at the Munich Oktoberfest are sponsored by each of the six Munich breweries. While the word "tent" is used commonly to describe the beer halls at Oktoberfest, these are more like semi-permanent structures. It takes two months to construct the "tents" on the Wiesn, and they have all the amenities of a modern structure, including electricity and plumbing.
While an event tent is not essential to host a backyard Oktoberfest party, it certainly adds to the ambiance of the event. Tent or not, decorations are vital in turning your event space into the perfect stage for your Oktoberfest party. Traditional Bavarian blue and white is the most common way to decorate your space. Hanging a Bavarian flag, banners, streamers, wreaths, or evergreens will add to the Bavarian feel. Feel free to incorporate these traditional elements into your design or to create a new look specific to your party. All that matters is that you create a space that makes your guests feel welcome.
The Oktoberfest in Munich is also known for its rides and games. There are a number of different rides, including roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and even a log flume. These attractions might be difficult or dangerous to pull off in your backyard, so we recommend organizing some games for some added entertainment value.
- Stein Races
- Break off into teams of two (or more), and have each person fill a stein with water (don’t waste good beer!). Challenge participants to go as fast as they can around a relay point without spilling. The fastest team who spilled the least amount of water wins.
- Challenge participants to hold a full stein for as long as they can. Each participant must hold their stein one-handed while extending their arm straight out at shoulder height. The goal of the game is to hold the stein the longest without spilling. Participants are disqualified if they bend their elbows or drop their glasses below their shoulders. It is common to issue one warning before fully disqualifying a participant. Note that this game works best if you have a real glass Maß otherwise just make sure each participant has the same style of glass with the same amount of water.
- This game is not necessarily encouraged, but it does happen often. Have participants fill their glass with a specific amount of beer and have them start drinking at the same time. The first to finish wins. Commonly, you will see people at Oktoberfest on their bench with a full Maß stand and chug their beer. People around them (and sometimes the entire tent) cheer them on. It is imperative that participants are actually able to finish the beer in one continuous drink without spilling. If participants fail this challenge, it is common to boo and make fun of them, so if that’s the sort of thing your guests enjoy, proceed with caution.
While these games are not necessarily authentic, they provide good fun at your party.
Glassware is important for an authentic Oktoberfest event. The Maß or Maßkrug (a one liter glass mug) is the typical way beer is served at Oktoberfest. It is highly encouraged to buy real glass Maß for your party. For the past few years, the Paulaner Brewery has been offering the "Wiesn to Go" package, which includes a Maß as well as a one-liter can of Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn. Supply and prices may vary, but that is the easiest way to acquire a Maß. If using real glassware at your party makes you nervous, plastic Maß are also available through various fine online retailers.
To create the full effect, especially if you plan to throw an annual Oktoberfest event like we do, having the correct kind of tables is a great way to make your event even more authentic. More information about Oktoberfest biergarten tables can be found on our Tables page.
The more we learn from hosting our own annual Backyard Oktoberfest party, the more we will share with you on how to host your own. In the meantime, we would love to hear from you about what you do for your own Oktoberfest parties or if you have any ideas about information to add to this page. Contact us.
Host an Authentic Oktoberfest in Style
Fall is finally here and you know what that means&mdashtime to bust out the lederhosen, pour yourself some brew and prepare to be wowed by delicious German delicacies! Instead of celebrating at a local bar (where the menu might be less than authentic), why not host your very own Oktoberfest this year?
Set the Scene in Your Own Biergarten
The first step for creating an authentic biergarten atmosphere is setting up a communal eating area. Don&rsquot have an outdoor dining space? Fret not! Grab a friend or two and carry your indoor dining room table to the backyard. If you have a counter or bar height table, all the better. Guests will embrace the genuine feel of an outdoor bar, really helping the party get started.
Next, cover your table in a traditional Bavarian check tablecloth. Keep things easy on the eyes and pair this busy pattern with white or clear dishes and serving pieces. Create a festive environment by stringing patio or Christmas lights from the trees.
Serve Up an Authentic German Spread
Biergartens are all about family-style dining so keep things simple and intimate by topping the table with charcuterie trays. One tray for every four place settings will ensure everyone has easy access to the tasty German spread. Top your trays with quintessential German grub, including:
- Black forest ham
- Soft pretzels
- Pickled gherkins
- Spicy mustard
Whatever you do, don&rsquot forget the currywurst sauce! Sometimes referred to as &ldquoGerman ketchup,&rdquo currywurst sauce is slightly sweet, a little bit spicy and a whole lot of yummy. Impress your guests by whipping up a batch of homemade sauce.
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes (with juice), crushed by hand
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add onion and cook until soft (about 8 to 10 minutes).
- Add curry powder and paprika cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes (with juice), sugar and vinegar stir to combine.
- Season with kosher salt to taste.
- Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened (about 25 minutes).
- Purée sauce in a blender until smooth and strain through a sieve.
- Serve hot over sausage.
Have any tips for hosting an authentic Oktoberfest? Tell us in the comments below!
Throw your own Oktoberfest party
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The Oktoberfest Resource Guide
At the world’s largest party in Munich, over seven million visitors will consume more than five million liters of beer, 600,000 roasted chickens, and over 400,000 sausages. Fortunately, for those of us who can’t make it to Munich, there are hundreds of Oktoberfest events across North America. And, if you’d like to put on your own Oktoberfest party, these Oktoberfest pages will guide you with ideas for what to serve and where to buy authentic German foods and beverages. From Oktoberfest history to recipes, from Oktoberfest party guides to the Chicken Dance, we have the resources to help you celebrate this iconic fall holiday.
A Guide to Staging your own Oktoberfest Party
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Recipes for an Authentic German Oktoberfest
Host an authentic casual gathering or a dressed up elegant meal to celebrate Oktoberfest. These recipes use genuine German ingredients, with options from quick-and-easy finger food to spectacular festive dishes….
Buy Oktoberfest Party Decorations and Foods
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The Top Oktoberfest Brands and Products
Besides beer, you gotta serve some authentic German ingredients and foods at your party. Here’s a list of the must have brands and products available online, at specialty food stores or at the German aisle of major grocery food stores….
Guide to German Beer
The essential element of any Oktoberfest celebration – German beer! Read our guide to legendary brews from Germany.
Oktoberfest Events in North America
Fortunately, for those of us who can’t make it to the Munich Oktoberfest, there are hundreds of Oktoberfest events across North America — from New York to Vancouver — celebrating German Gemütlichkeit, food and beverages. Oktoberfest celebrations in North America are more popular than ever. Find one near you in our guide to Oktoberfests in the United States and Canada.
What’s so Cool About Oktoberfest? – A Brief History of the World’s Largest Party
Learn about the origins, traditions and current events of the Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest Brathendl and the Chicken Dance
With it’s signature crispy brown, herb-and-spice infused skin, and tender juicy white meat, Brathendl, or chicken roasted on the spit, is one of the most popular meals at the Munich Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest roast chicken is usually accompanied by a giant pretzel, red radish … and the Oktoberfest Chicken Dance.
All Hail The Humble Pretzel — An Oktoberfest Classic
Especially popular in Southern Germany, the Brezel as it is known in this region, is a familiar sight at the annual Munich Oktoberfest. Learn more about this popular salty snack.
The Official Munich Oktoberfest Page
Visit the official page of the Munich Oktoberfest to find interesting facts and figures about the world’s largest party!
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How to Host Your Own Oktoberfest Party
Contrary to its name, Oktoberfest actually begins in September, so if you&rsquore planning to celebrate this festive holiday, now is the time to start. If you love a good reason to drink beer and eat good food with a bunch of your friends, then I&rsquove got some tips for you. A couple years back, my husband and I hosted an Oktoberfest party at our home and it was a lot of fun! Today, I&rsquom going to share with you some of the things that we did for our party.
When to host your party. Oktoberfest season lasts for two weeks between September and October. This year, Oktoberfest begins September 19 and ends on October 4 so I would recommend scheduling your party sometime within the season.
What to drink. It wouldn&rsquot be Oktoberfest without beer and we wanted to make sure that our guests had a sufficient amount for party games and drinking in general. After all, it would kill the fun if we had to do a beer run in the middle of the party, not to mention it would be incredibly unsafe! To avoid this dilemma, we opted for a small keg. A five gallon keg equals 54 servings, so that should be enough for a group of about 15 people. In addition, we put together buckets of German and Bavarian beers for tastings. Each bucket included a variety of popular German beer types including a trappist beer, a hefeweizen, a dopplebock, and a special Oktoberfest brew. The concept was to have each table share each bottle within the bucket so that everyone can try the different beers. If you want, you can also have tasting cards at the table for your guests so that they can rate their favorites.
What to eat. I wanted my party to feel as authentic as possible so I served a few traditional German dishes and snacks. I also wanted to keep my spread simple so that I didn&rsquot have to spend too much time prepping for the party. After some research, I found some great Oktoberfest party recipes and opted for two easy main dishes, bratwurst with hot dog buns and roasted chicken. For the sides, I had potato salad and sauerkraut. I also served some light snacks including soft pretzels and meat and cheese platters which were left out for guests to consume at their leisure. For dessert, I served black forest cake.
What to listen to. I believe that music sets the mood for any occasion. For a German-themed party, the best way to create a festive ambience is to play some upbeat polka! Don&rsquot know any polka music? You can easily create a playlist on Pandora based off a genre of music. Just make sure that you include the Chicken Dance song in your playlist! That is a MUST.
What to wear. As with any theme party, costumes are always recommended. In this case, German costumes are encouraged. That would mean lederhosen for men and a dirndl for women. In fact, why not host a costume contest and have a little fun with the outfits? A little competition is just the thing to get your friends to participate.
What to do. Keep your guests entertained with some drinking games. Think back to your college days and bring back some of your favorites like beer pong or flip cup. You can also play games like &ldquoNever have I ever&rdquo which can be hilariously revealing. As always, exercise caution and good judgment to avoid over-consumption. If you have a friend that seems to be reaching their limit, kindly grab them water and a pretzel to help them. If you have a friend that is trying to drive home, offer them a room to crash in or do them a big favor and call them a cab.
These are some easy tips to host an Oktoberfest party at home. Do you have a tip to add to this list? Share it by leaving a comment!
No Bavarian party is complete without some authentic Oktoberfest games. They are fun to begin with, but only get better the more beer you consume.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Stein-holding contest: The last person to hold their full stein up wins.
- Stein relay race: The team who completes the race and spills the least beer wins.
- Drinking song singalong: Sing “Bier Her, Bier Her” and “Bayern, Des Samma Mir”.
- Yodelling competition: You know what to do…
Tip: Find more ideas for Oktoberfest games and contests in this guide.
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Forget the fancy tablecloth &mdash hand-stamping a paper table runner with German sausages, beer, and pretzels gives your party a casual and handmade touch.
Dress up beer bottles and cans for the occasion with festive German-inspired wrappers.
Over 5 million 1-liter mugs of beer are consumed each Oktoberfest. Personalized steins can be your drinking vessel of choice long after the celebration has ended.
Encourage guests to get silly with selfies by handing out Bavarian-themed photo booth props. Say käse!
An Oktoberfest celebration means plenty of beer (duh), and that goes for decorations too. It's just not every day you can hang a fun garland of steins and get away with it.
Set up a buffet of soft pretzels, sausage, and plenty of sauerkraut. Try out our cheddar-beer fondue for a decadent appetizer and our beer brat skewers for an easy-to-eat version of the classic German bratwurst. And warm red potato salad is a stick-to-your-ribs side dish that's sure to satisfy.
Toast your friends and family with a variety of brews you've been meaning to try. Stay true to the festival's roots by choosing German beers with the help of this guide.
German Beer Brands to Serve
Not too familiar with non-American beer brands? Now’s your perfect excuse to stretch your ‘beer borders,’ so to speak, and try some authentic brews from Germany. Four of them are shown in the photos above: Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb, Ludwig Weissbier, Weihenstephan, and Bitburger.
In addition, there are 5 Oktoberfest beers that are available in the U.S. precisely for this celebration: Spaten Oktoberfest beer, Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest beer, Flying Dog Brewery Dogtoberfest beer, Bell’s Brewery Oktoberfest beer, Summit Brewing Company Oktoberfest beer plus a sixth, Samuel Adams seasonal beer. And of course, there are other popular brands like Amstel, Lowenbrau, Beck’s, and Erdinger.
Quite a selection right there! But even serving your guests just three or four beer choices would be pretty impressive. So check out which of these brews are carried by your nearby wine depot or even the beverage section of your supermarket. Or you can search online for specialty suppliers or outlets right in your area. Have a wonderful Oktoberfest bash!
1 – beer bratwurst and onions, from Foodie Crush
2 – sausage and sauerkraut fritters, from Food Republic
3 – German potato salad, from Recipe 4 Living
4 – laugenbrezel (pretzels), from Saveur
5 – mini Black Forest cakes, from Sugar Thumb
6 – potato pancakes, from Food Network
1 – Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb, 2 – Ludwig Weissbier, 3 – Weihenstephan (courtesy of S. Hoshi)
4 – Bitburger, image via Bitburger International
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