Oktoberfest Dinner Party

by blackspanielgallery

Oktoberfest is a fun celebration, and if you cannot travel to one have a home version.

An Oktoberfest dinner party is a way individuals can participate in the celebration regardless of where they are. The original Oktoberfest was a wedding feast, so why not celebrate with a meal?

Using a meal as a focus of a gathering can have one of two forms, a meal at a table with nice dishes of German food, or a more picnic form with German sausages in lieu of hot dogs. Either form is fine, and the details should be determined by the host or hostess.

A Cheeseboard

A cheeseboard with several German cheeses makes a good starter.  It can serve as snacks while the guests gather, or it can become an appetizer course of a meal. 


Picking cheese is an art.  Not all cheese is alike.  Some cheeses are hard, others are creamy.  Give some thought to the subject. 


The type of cheese will determine other details, such as are picks necessary?  For hard cheese picks are recommended.  Softer cheese might be better with served with crackers. 

Oktoberfest Glass Cheeseboard

Authentic German Food


There is an abundance of German food one can select.  Yesterday I went to a restaurant where the chef has signage on the wall advertising his version of Oktoberfest.  His, unlike the Oktoberfest in Bavaria, runs for six weeks, and there are six different full meals, one for each week.  Finding a German meal to serve is not impossible.  But a meal is not just a main course.  Your dinner party should also have side dishes.


I recommend you look through a German cookbook.  Yes they do exist, then determine a menu.


German desserts include a wade range of tasty items.  Such items as strudels are German, and do not forget Bavarian chocolate cake called Black Forest Chocolate Cake.  The Black Forest is in Bavaria.  Dessert can be bought from a bakery or baked by a member of the household.


Serve your dessert on a nice tray, whether it is freshly baked or bought. 


The color scheme is blue and white.  Oktoberfest is specifically from the German state of Bavaria, or Bayern (Bavaria in German).  The pattern of the Bavarian flag is elongated diamond shapes of alternating colors of blue and white. 


One interesting decoration, shown below, is a large wall covering that can be used either indoors or outdoors.  It depicts a German village scene. 


For other decorations and picnic supplies in the Bavarian color scheme that can be used please see the other articles listed below. 


While more of the official Oktoberfest is in September than in October, personal celebrations can continue well past the official end date.  In fact, the restaurant mentioned above does not start its celebration until October, and ends well into November. 


For another chance to have a German food feast, consider a Christmas party.  I once taught in a high school seminary, and the priests who composed most of the faculty had German names.  At Christmas they invited me and a few others to a Christmas party, then passed out sheet music in German.  Yes, many of our Christmas traditions, especially carols, have German roots, so incorporating a German meal into a Christmas party can be appropriate. 



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Updated: 06/28/2021, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 07/15/2021

German cocolate cake is not really German, since it was created in America by a person who happened to be named German. Strudel is apparently Austrian, and Bavaria being Austria's neighbor has accepted it.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/15/2021

When I first read this article, I meant to ask if German chocolate cake is really German and if strudel is not only generally German but also specifically Bavarian.

blackspanielgallery on 06/29/2021

I typed Oktoberfest cups into the search on Amazon and paper cups came up in abundance. One indicates it is for hot or cold use. Since I am so close to the limit o products I can link to I cannot add it.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/29/2021

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
It looks like all the best-known drink containers perhaps hold beer. Would there be other Oktoberfest-themed containers for cold, non alcoholic drinks and for hot drinks such as coffee? If so, what kind of coffee (espresso type? super-strong, super-sweet?) would tend to be served?

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