Prepare for this list of Oktoberfest party foods to whisk you away to the beer tents in Munich where food is a huge deal. And I mean that figuratively and in terms of actual physical size. Let’s just say, you’re gonna need a bigger boat pair of pants. And bigger jaws while we’re at it.
This post will cover some great Oktoberfest party foods for your next backyard bierfest or at-home Oktoberfest dinner party.
This post was originally published in 2020 but has been updated for 2023.
With that in mind, know this list of Oktoberfest party foods will vary just slightly from what you could expect to wolf down in the Wiesn. Where those meals are enormous and filling and the necessary base for hours of beer-drinking, the items on this list are better suited for in-home preparation and paper plates.
(I assume you don’t have a 100-chicken capacity rotisserie spinning away in your kitchen? Correct me if I’m wrong. Also, invite me over already!)
And as for what beer you should serve, check out my post on Oktoberfest party beer! It’s a full guide to helping you become the host with the prost!
In the following sections I’ve listed some simple recipes to make all these Oktoberfest party foods yourself, but feel free to buy some pre-made. And, depending on the size of your party, you may just need to do this. Cooking for 8 people is quite different from cooking for 50. At least, it appears that way from my comfortable seat on the couch. What? Someone’s gotta eat the leftover cookie dough.
Looking for a great dirndl to wear to your at-home Oktoberfest? Check out my guides to buying a dirndl online and where to buy lederhosen and dirndls for Oktoberfest, and check out all you need to know about these Oktoberfest outfits here.
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Oktoberfest Party Appetizers & Snacks
The first five are a few great party starters and snacks and all are popular Oktoberfest menu items.
Oktoberfest party foods: main dishes
The size of your backyard Oktoberfest will help determine which of these Oktoberfest main dishes you should make.
(As will your prowess in the kitchen--it may turn out to just be a brats on the barbie kinda situation and I doubt anyone will complain.)
Oktoberfest side dishes
On the side of the delicious main courses listed above you'll need epic and quintessentially German side items as well.
These three sides are about as "Bavarian must-have" as you can get and are found cozying up to just about every menu item at Oktoberfest.
And for an at-home Oktoberfest, you couldn't ask for better sides.
Oktoberfest party desserts
Finally, we've come to the sweetest part of the Oktoberfest party foods menu. And, while we're at it, also the fluffiest, prettiest, most drowned in liquid sugar portions too.
Check out these 3 unbeatable desserts for an Oktoberfest party.
What Oktoberfest party foods are you most excited about?
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