Hosting an Oktoberfest party isn’t as large of an undertaking as organizing the actual festival. After all, you only have to worry about one building rather than an entire city. This doesn’t make the prospect of hosting the party and less nerve-wracking though. Your nerves are probably even more frayed if this is the first time you’ve ever actually considered hosting one too. Don’t worry. OROGOLD has a few tips and tricks on what to remember and do that should make things a little easier on you. You do need to keep one cardinal rule in mind when hosting an Oktoberfest party, though: it is a celebration. You should expect and foster an atmosphere of spirited enjoyment to stay true to the celebration. So be prepared to leave quiet contemplation of family and friends for another time.
There is no getting around this part of hosting an Oktoberfest party. Beer may not be the full importance of the festival, but it certainly shares center stage. You’ll want to make beer selection one of the priorities when you’re deciding on the availability of drinks. Some people explicitly sell Oktoberfest beers when the appropriate time of year approaches, but you can’t always be sure of the quality of the product itself just because the name is on it. Many times it is a marketing gimmick and you’re best served by doing research ahead of times. Lagers are good options to consider when picking out a particular type of beer as Märzen, a lager, has strong associations with both Bavaria and Oktoberfest. Other types of beer are fine, but remember Oktoberfest is about drinking higher quality beer and anything overly watery is out of place.
Another important part of setting the party up properly is planning out the food. In this case, you’re going to want to consider that there will be alcohol involved for most people. Snacks are a good thing to stock up on and keep around at various places in the party area. People are supposedly there to enjoy the flavor of the beer and remain otherwise mostly sober. A ready supply of snacks will help as then people can eat a bit as they sip their beer. You can certainly have a central meal though as well. OROGOLD has touched on the topic of potential Oktoberfest inspired dishes before, but you can come up with your own if you prefer. The main thing to remember is you should focus on heavier, filling dishes. These will typically be ones that involve meat traditionally, but a savvy cook can easily find a vegetarian substitute if their social group prefers to shy away from meat.
Most people are going to want to hold an Oktoberfest party at their home and this is expected. Weather permitting, you should try to hold it as a roaming event that takes places both outside and inside though. This helps keep with the spirit of the original festival. It is a traditionally open-air affair with free standing tents for serving food and drink to people. Take advantage of a pleasant September or October day and try cooking outside one last time before the temperatures begin to get too cold to contemplate it. You can move inside later with the meal you cooked or snacks and enjoy your company in a cozier setting then. But do try to involve the open air at one point.
An Oktoberfest part really isn’t a terribly difficult undertaking. Like all parties, you simply need to invest a little time upfront for preparation. The only difference is that part of your preparations this time will necessarily involve a little research to get particular parts of the food and drink right. OROGOLD encourages you to enjoy your own small, but joyful celebration of the festival. Remember not to overindulge though as too much alcohol doesn’t help your skin or the rest of your body.
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.
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 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.
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.