Weekend Entertaining: Oktoberfest

Dinner Parties, Entertain, Menu Ideas

Tomorrow beer lovers from all over the world will gather in Germany to tap the first barrel of Oktoberfest. Kick off a celebration of your own by inviting friends to share some hearty dishes — perfect accompaniments to a tall stein of beer.


Ale-Braised Sausages and Red Cabbage
Beer isn’t just for sipping — it’s for cooking in this dish, which stars German sausages simmered in amber ale. Make a batch of spaetzle, or German-style pasta, to soak up the juices.
German Potato Salad
Bits of bacon are essential in a classic German potato salad, lending an intense, smoky taste.
No sausage and beer celebration is complete without a side of tangy kraut. Make it yourself, and the result will be infinitely more delicious than anything you can buy in stores.
Autumn Fruit Strudel
For something sweet, serve a twist on the traditional apple strudel. This one combines apples and fall spices with a mix of dried fruits.


Entertaining Tips


  • If you’re up for a project, make your own pretzels and beer mustard to set out before the meal.
  • Not sure what beer to serve? Check out some of our favorite Oktoberfest brews and turn the party into a beer tasting. Cheers!
  • If the weather permits, take the party outside. A picnic table and a few strings of light can help you create your own backyard biergarten (lederhosen optional).

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