Bring a little bit of Bavaria to your home this fall.
Roasted chicken, roasted ham shanks, and bratwurst
are all traditional foods at the granddaddy of all Oktoberfests in Munich.
Here in the USA we typically keep it simple by focusing on German-style bratwurst!
Add beer, wine, music, and good friends and you'll have the makings of a memorable event.
Here are suggestions from your GermanDeli.com team
for how to stage a great Oktoberfest...
1) How many bratwurst or sausages will I need?
Much depends on how many other food options you have in addition to the sausages, but “typically” a good rule of thumb is that adult men will generally eat 2 to 3 brats and adult women will usually eat 1 to 2 brats.
2) Which sausages or bratwurst are perfect for my Oktoberfest?
a)Traditional “grilled” Bratwurst: Typically grilled until it has a nice deep-golden brown color and served on a small crusty German roll called “Brötchen” with mustard and topped with sauerkraut, if desired.
b)Münchner-style Weisswurst: Typically heated in hot water, the sausage meat is sucked out of its casing after it’s been dipped in sweet mustard. It’s a Bavarian “thing” for sure, and not to everyone’s taste.
d)Currywurst: Typically grilled, sausages that are are mildly seasoned are usually good choices. The flavor boost is from Curry Ketchup. Most Germans slice the cooked brats into bite-sized pieces in a paper tray or paper plate. Shake curry powder on top of the ketchup and eat it with a fork. A German roll or Brötchen is perfect on the side. In addition to the mild bratwurst below, there is a sausage that has been flavored with curry. You might consider trying it, even though it isn't a traditional sausage:
Germans are known for their mustards and they are perfect with bratwurst. Many German mustards are available in a glass, but many are also found in a convenient "tube". And if you want to experiment with "Currywurst" we've included a link to several brands of curry ketchup.
a)BEER: We don’t sell beer, but most Oktoberfest celebrations would not feel complete without them. Hefe-Weisse (wheat) beer, Oktoberfest-style beers, Lagers and, well, just about any imported German beer are all appropriate. Consider a “beer-tasting” as part of your Oktoberfest. BE A RESPONSIBLE HOST…don’t allow your guests to drive if they are intoxicated.
b)GERMAN WINE: We don’t sell German wines, but Rhine wines and Mosel River wines are typically easy to find wherever wines are sold. BE A RESPONSIBLE HOST…don’t allow your guests to drive if they are intoxicated.
c)GERMAN SODAS: Here are links to popular German sodas, which are typically less sweet-tasting than American soft drinks.
LIVE MUSIC: If you can afford a “live” band or accordionist you’ll surely “wow” your guests. Check your yellow pages or online for “German Bands” or “Accordion player”. Or, phone a local German restaurant, or your local German-American club to see if they can refer you to one or more musicians.
10) How do you ship these items to me & how much is S&H?
We ship perishable products all over the USA regardless of how hot it may be. We use high quality, thick-walled foam coolers and coolant. Glass items are wrapped in bubble-wrap. Our site will calculate your S&H estimate after you hit "checkout" and provide your shipping address zip code. Unless our site instructs otherwise, you are typically fine with "ground" shipping. The majority of the USA can be serviced by ground from our Texas warehouse. If you are uncertain or concerned , place your order without paying by selecting the "I will call with my payment" option. Then once you have an order confirmation phone 1-877-437-6269 and discuss your order with one of our customer care folks. http://www.germandeli.com/Shipping.html