Oktoberfest Inspired Dishes

Oktoberfest is one of those interesting times of the year where people suddenly express a previously unknown heritage. Everyone’s Irish for St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is similarly Bavarian when Oktoberfest rolls around. Whether you’re intending to indulge in this most peculiar part of the tradition or not, you can still enjoy the flavors of the season. OROGOLD would like to highlight this does mean more than indulging at a local ale houses or regional celebration of Oktoberfest. There are plenty of dishes associated with or inspired by the celebration you can enjoy as well. Some of the recipes for these dishes do involve a bit of alcohol, but the amount tends to vary and you have options when it comes to finding other ways to prepare them. Most dishes are going to be on the heavy side and involve meat though due to being inspired by the Bavarian holiday.

Beef stew

Beef Stews
Roasting meat and beer are intimately associated with Oktoberfest as a celebration. Some beef stews actually combine both, but you don’t need to find one that incorporates beer for the taste of Oktoberfest though. You should look for heavier stews that focus more on the preparation of the meat (or meat substitute, for vegetarians) as you’re looking for the rich scent and flavor more than anything. You want a recipe meant to sit in the stomach and fill you and others with warmth and a deep sense of being full. The kind of meal you’d be eating before you went out to a celebration that happened to involve a lot of drinking, strangely enough. You may not need to find a recipe using a beer in it for the flavor of the celebration, but it will certainly add robustness to the dish and as cooking boils off the alcohol most of the time it makes a good option for those who like the taste, but can no longer indulge as they could in the past.

Schnitzel

Schnitzel
Schnitzel is something many people feel the need to save whenever someone brings up German cuisine. They know the word is associated with the area and especially wiener schnitzel, but they seldom have a full grasp of what it means. OROGOLD would like to highlight that wiener schnitzel is more of an Austrian dish. Regardless, schnitzel is traditionally a tenderized meat lightly fried in a simple batter coating. This is probably best served alongside other parts of meal, but will add a clear regional flavor to any Oktoberfest celebration you put together. While pork and veal are the typical main parts of the dishes, there are vegetarian ways to prepare schnitzel as well to ensure everyone can enjoy this particular slice of the festival.

Strudel

Strudel
Every meal needs a dessert afterwards. Any Oktoberfest meal you put together will benefit from making a strudel. It too is mainly associated with Austria, but the close historical ties to Germany means it has a place in this as well. Strudel is a general type of pastry and that means you’ll find countless recipes in both books and online that tell you different ways to make it. You do get to choose the kind of filling you include in it though. Due to the season, you should consider using apples. They’re readily available in the fall and will provide something sweet to offset many of the heavier meat-based dishes typically provided for these occasions. A choice of toppings for the pastry will likewise let your guests make their dessert a personal affair.

Oktoberfest may only come once a year, but the festival spans sixteen days of food, spirits, and celebration. Your private celebration or the local version of Oktoberfest may not last that long though. Don’t worry about it. These recipe ideas will give you a way to capture the spirit and flavor whenever you want them. OROGOLD does caution against overindulging in alcohol of any sort as abuse can hurt your skin as well as other aspects of your health. Do enjoy the time though and make the most of this festival whether you’re in Bavaria itself or somewhere else in the world.

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Top Celebrations Around the World – OROGOLD Reviews

Traveling to different places to explore their exciting celebrations is one of the best ways to understand and experience different cultures. More and more tourists are trying to schedule their itineraries to be able to enjoy these celebrations and festivals simply because of the cultural enrichment, fun and excitement that these celebrations have to offer. OROGOLD Cosmetics reviews the top celebrations around the world in this article.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is famous as the largest and most popular parade in the world. This festival is held before Let and is known to attract more than 2 million people to the streets. The samba dancers are the biggest draw of the parade and many of them spend the entire year perfecting their costumes, techniques and performances. The first carnival dates all the way back to the year 1823. During the carnival, the whole of Rio transforms into a sultry, noisy, sweaty, exotic, frantic and frenzied street party. You can expect the Rio carnival to be full of floats, adornments and revelers and becoming a part of this exciting celebration is an experience of a lifetime.

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Waitress serves beer in Oktoberfest

 

Oktoberfest has been held in Munich ever since the year 1810 and it is known to be an extremely important part of the Bavarian culture. The celebration originally took place to commemorate Prince Ludwig’s wedding, but it soon transformed into the largest beer festival in the world. This 16-day extravaganza takes place between the months of September and October and it attracts close to 6 million people from all over the world. The event is all about beer and you can drink from massive beer mugs, sing raucous songs, groove to some oomph music and eat traditional food. One of the main highlights of the festival is the Schottenhamel tent, the place where the opening ceremonies take place.

White Nights Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

This exciting international arts festival features a number of music, ballet and opera events along with performances from famous Russian singers, dancers, musicians and actors. International guest stars are also known to become a part of the White Nights Festival. The festival is held during the season of the midnight sun and it attracts close to 1 million people, most of whom are school and college students. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season and it is famous as the largest public event in all of Russia.

Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day has been named after Saint Patrick, the most popular patron saint of Ireland. This festival celebrates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and also celebrates the Irish culture in general. The festivities involve wearing green attires and becoming a part of public festivals and parades. Lenten restrictions of eating and drinking are lifted for the day and the alcohol fueled parties last throughout the night. Don’t forget to carry a green dress for Saint Patrick’s Day because anyone who doesn’t wear green gets pinched by everyone else.

The Carnival of Venice, Venice, Italy

The Carnival of Venice

The Carnival of Venice takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday and it dates all the way back to the year 1162. The festival is defined by its masked balls, Venetian masks and the numerous theater troupes who become a part of this exciting carnival. It also features colorful boats, entertainers, bands and jugglers and the nights are full of masked balls and parties. If you really want to believe that fairy tales actually come alive, all you have to do is visit Venice and experience the Carnival of Venice.

Halloween, USA

Halloween is celebrated with great joy in the US. People all over the US dress up in colorful and scary costumes and have a blast at one of the many parties that are held throughout the country. Kids run from one house to the other dressed up as all sorts of scary characters playing trick or treat with their neighbors.

Day of the Dead, Mexico

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated as a day to remember friends and family members who are no longer there. This celebration is particularly important to the people of Mexico, where the traditions include building private altars, making the favorite food and beverages of the departed, visiting their graves with gifts and honoring them with sugar skulls and marigolds.

Chinese New Year, China

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese calendar. It takes place between the months of January to February and features symbolic clothing, fireworks, lanterns, flowers, dragons and costumes. The people celebrate the festival with a lot of music, parades and dancing. The festival runs from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the first month in the New Year, thereby making it the longest festival in the Chinese calendar.

Holi, India

Children playing holi

Holi, the Festival of Color, is celebrated every spring. This ancient Hindu festival kicks off with the burning of the Holika on a bonfire. The next morning is a carnival of colors where people gather to sing and dance and throw colors at each other. Some carry water guns while others stick to water-filled balloons. Anything and everything goes during Holi, and you can always expect anyone to come up to you and apply colors all over your face.

La Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain

The La Tomatina Festival is held on the last Wednesday of August. This celebration attracts a number of locals and tourists from all over the world who come here to throw tomatoes at each other. The entire city gets covered with tomato paste by the end of the festival. The La Tomatina Festival is one festival that you simply cannot miss because throwing tomatoes at each other and sliding down tomato-streaked lanes is actually a lot of fun. From huge water showers to tomato fights, the La Tomatina is one festival that you won’t forget in a hurry.