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Oktoberfest: A Food and Beer Guide

Oktoberfest 2013 has arrived! This extremely popular Bavarian festival (based in Munich and known by the locals as ‘die Wiesn) is officially the world’s largest fair and each year, thousands of people from all over the globe flock to Germany to get involved in the merriment.

This mass celebration of Bavarian culture is largely focused around local food and beer and even if you can’t make it this year, it’s still possible to enjoy some of these culinary delights from the comfort of your own home.

Oktoberfest 2013
Oktoberfest in full swing.

With that in mind, here are a few hearty food and beer combos which are sure to go down a treat at this year’s Oktoberfest…

Bratwurst and Spaten

Bratwurst Oktoberfest

Best grilled rather than fried, these spicy sausages are one of Germany’s most iconic foods and taste great topped with sautéed onions and served with a generous side of sauerkraut.

Spaten Brewery’s Oktoberfest brew (Shepherd Neame’s Spitfire Ale is a nice alternative) is a malty amber lager and one of the traditional tastes of the festival. Its balanced feel perfectly complements the flavour of the Bratwurst making it the ideal accompaniment to this meaty meal!

Roast Duck and Paulaner

Roast Duck and Paulaner

Roast duck is a staple in Munich and when cooked just right, boasts a very distinctive and succulent flavour. This tasty meat dish is best accompanied by an indulgent helping of traditional German potato salad.

Paulaner’s copper coloured Oktoberfest Marzen (Dark Star Brewery’s Hophead also works well)  is one of Munich’s most popular brews and can be enjoyed in the city’s best ale houses all year round. Its strong, striking tones and light hoppy after-taste pair perfectly with that of the roast duck, making for a real feast of flavour!

Wiener Schnitzel and Augustiner

Schnizel and Augustiner

A true Bavarian classic, the Wiener schnitzel is a thinly sliced veal escalope (although pork and chicken can also be used) which is lightly seasoned, breaded and deep fried. This hearty dish is best served with a light green side salad and a wedge of lemon.

Augustiner’s Oktoberfest bier (Camden Hells Lager is a good equivalent) comes from Munich’s oldest brewery and is a golden ale with a sweet taste. Its sweetness works very well with the delicate flavour of the veal and serves as a nice contrast to the sharpness of the lemon. A real treat!

If all this talk of food and drink has made you want to visit a brewery or vineyard, brush up on your cookery skills or head out for a tasty meal, then why not check out our great range of gourmet experiences?

What is your favourite Bavarian-inspired dish?

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