What to Eat at Oktoberfest: The Best and Wurst of Oktoberfest Cuisine!

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While beer may be the highlight of Oktoberfest, I have to say: if you leave without sampling Oktoberfest food, you have done it all wrong.

Why? Well, without exaggerating, Oktoberfest food is some of THE most satisfying, indulgent grub you’ll ever experience.

All the better when used to absorb the literal litres of beer sitting your stomach.

I mean, it’s by no means cheap (most entrees will be in the 15-20 euro range) but the food choice at Oktoberfest is staggering. Besides a bunch of food stalls outside the tents, each tent has a food menu, and there are even some tents solely dedicated to special foods.

So all that totals up to mean YES, there is amazing Oktoberfest food to be had. Here are a few highlights and basic musts to know before you visit Oktoberfest for yourself.

Excuse the blurry photography – clearly taking nice photos is not a high priority for tipsy Christina.

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Oktoberfest Food Ideas to Make at Home

The following article details options for food at Oktoberfest in Munich, i.e. the best things to eat at Oktoberfest if you’re here in-person.

If you’re planning an Oktoberfest party though, the info you’re looking for might be a little different. In that case, I have you covered as well!

If you are looking for Oktoberfest food items to make on your own, here is my list of 40+ tasty Oktoberfest recipes.

You can also check out my separate guides here for the best Oktoberfest appetizer recipes and the best Oktoberfest dessert recipes.

What Kind of Food is Served at Oktoberfest? 16 Must Trys

From Bavarian classic sit-down meals served in tents to quick handy snacks being sold en masse at various Oktoberfest stalls, here is a list of tasty must try foods when attending Oktoberfest in Munich!

NOTE: Many of these dishes can be found elsewhere in Munich for much cheaper than at Oktoberfest. You can check out a list of my favourite Munich restaurants for visitors here.

Assorted sandwiches on display at Oktoberfest in Munich.

1. 1/2 Roast Chicken

AKA hendl

Trust me when I say there is no joy greater than ripping at a roast chicken with your fingers after a few litres of beer.

Unsurprisingly, of all the food served at Oktoberfest in Munich, 1/2 roast chickens are among the most common. You’ll see servers pedalling these out like clockwork at all hours of the festival, with mountains of greasy plates and napkins as evidence.

Best consumed after a few beers, when you start feeling a little peckish, a hendl is a must-try at Oktoberfest!

Roast half chicken at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

2. Roasted Pork Knuckle

AKA Schweinhaxe

Truly, one of the most beautiful meals on this Earth, and a real Bavarian classic is Schweinhaxe.

Regular words are insufficient to describe the joy of devouring a roasted pork knuckle served in a pool of gravy, so you better just try it for yourself.

Usually served with a delightful Kn√∂del, a boiled dumpling that has a really weird but addictive chewy texture.

Roasted pork knuckle with potato dumplings at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

FYI, if you don’t like crispy skin and just prefer juicy slabs of meat, see if they have Schweinsbraten instead (they’re like pork chops soaked in gravy). It’s pretty much the same meat but without the huge slice of crackly skin.

Schweinebraten with potato dumpling at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

3. Sugary, roasted almonds

AKA Gebrannte Mandeln

These are like Oktoberfest’s version of c r a c k.

They are so ridiculously addictive and delicious. You can catch the smell from a mile away. While they’re more of a Christmas market treat, they are amazing to have while walking around/scoping out the different stalls.

Sugary roasted almonds served at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

4. Sausages galore

Welcome to Bavaria, where sausages are important. As they say, the food in Germany is the wurst ūüėČ Which isn’t technically wrong. (Click here for more delightful Oktoberfesty puns).

Tasty German sausages being served at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

You can’t go wrong with ordering sausages at Oktoberfest, but there are a few that you should definitely keep an eye out for, such as Wei√üwurst and Currywurst (see below).

Grilled sausages on display at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

5. Weißwurst

I mean sure, it’s not the most photogenic food in the world, but it’s a Bavarian classic (typically consumed at breakfast with some sweet mustard, pretzel and wheat beer), and damn delicious too.

It is a bit of an acquired taste, but if you can get over the sorta weird appearance/texture, you’re in for a treat.

IMPORTANT: It is a huge faux pas to serve Wei√üwurst after noon, so be sure to enjoy this in the morning if you want it – it’s the perfect way to kick off your day in Munich. Also, remember, the skin must be removed before eating!There are a few “proper” ways to do this, but the easiest in my opinion is making a cut along the sausage lengthwise, then peeling the skin off.

Traditional Bavarian breakfast consisting of white sausages, pretzels and wheat beer.

6. Currywurst

Not Bavarian, but seriously so good (and usually one of the cheaper offerings on the menu when the tent offers it). This beloved snack is not a traditional Oktoberfest food, but most tents now offer it and it’s one of my personal favourites.

It’s a simple sausage doused in curry ketchup and curry powder, usually served with a hot pile of fries.

It’s not fancy by any means, but it does the job deliciously.

Currywurst on a plate with fries and a salad.

7. Pretzels

AKA Brezel

An Oktoberfest classic. 

Foamy beers and a salt-studded pretzels are among the most stereotypical images of Germany, but for good reason… They go damn well together.

Don’t bother getting the small pretzels, you’ll want one of the REALLY big ones so you can slowly peck away at it while you down your beer.

It’s nice to get a few to share… Trust me, once it’s on the table, everyone will be having “just a little piece” until there’s none left. This is why I have trust issues.

Baked Bavarian pretzels on display

8. Käsespätzle

The best way to describe this is like a Bavarian take on mac and cheese. This is one of my favourite Oktoberfest recipes to recreate at home because it’s a pretty foolproof dish.

Basically, Käsespätzle consists of these amazing doughy dumplings that are covered in sharp cheeses then topped with caramelized onions.

It is simply one of THE best comfort foods (and hangover cures) in existence.

Also, one of the few classically Bavarian dishes that are vegetarian-friendly.

A tasty plate of Bavarian käsespätzle topped with fried onions.

9. Kaiserschmarrn

Speaking of comfort foods, you need to get some Kaiserschmarrn for dessert. It’s like a cozy hug for your tastebuds and one of the best Oktoberfest desserts of all time.

While it may be Austrian, it’s still a staple delight of Oktoberfest and a real must-try.

Essentially it’s a fluffy shredded pancake that’s dusted off with powdered sugar and other fix-ins. I love it with apple sauce.

You can get it at the Café Kaiserschmarrn, which is the one that looks like a giant gingerbread castle filled with whimsy and sweet delights.

Kasierschmarrn, shredded pancakes served in a dish at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

10. Stecklerfisch

Yes, seafood is a thing at Oktoberfest too.

Bavarians love roasting their fish on sticks, and this is the perfect main course to try if you want something lighter than a giant slab of meat drowned in gravy. I warn you though: the smell is….. pungent to say the least.

In fact, the smell of Stecklerfisch is one of the main reasons why the Fischer-Vroni tent is one of my least favourite of all the tents at Oktoberfest. I’ve been told they’re tasty though!

Tasty roasted fish on a stick at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

11. Dampfnudel

Another tasty Oktoberfest dessert you can try from Café Kaiserschmarrn is Dampfnudel! Think of it as a giant pillowy soft loaf of sweet bread that’s served in a decadent vanilla sauce. One of my favourite all-time Oktoberfest desserts!

Want to make it yourself? Click here to check out my roundup of Oktoberfest recipes.

Dampfnudel, a Bavarian dessert in vanilla sauce at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

12. Obatzda

It doesn’t look like much, but one of the tastiest Oktoberfest appetizers you can try is Obatzda, a yummy spread made of soft cheese and butter. It’s typically consumed with a pretzel or bread, and a starring attraction on any Oktoberfest snack platter.

This is beer garden food at its finest, so be sure to look out for it!

A tasty Obatzda (Bavarian cheese spread) served with a pretzel on top.

13. Shrimp with Garlic Sauce

Another not-so-Bavarian recommendation for food to eat at Munich Oktoberfest is this amazing fried shrimp from the Fischer Vroni stall (outside of the pungent Fischer Vroni tent).

While it’s not a traditional meal, it’s the perfect snack after a few beers, with a decadent garlic sauce that I would genuinely marry.

PS: It’s even served in an edible waffle bowl. Zero waste, baby!

Fried shrimp with garlic sauce at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

14. Flammkuchen

Flammkuchen is a tasty pizza-like snack that is popular around the Alsace region of France, where it’s commonly consumed en masse at all the magical Alsatian Christmas markets.

Luckily for you, it’s also a beloved snack at German festivals like Oktoberfest. With a crispy dough base, traditional Flammkuchen (also known as Tarte Flamb√©e) is slathered with creme fraiche, onions and bacon, although other variations are pretty popular these days too.

Alsatian Flammkuchen going into the oven.

15. Rahmfleckerl

Similar to Flammkuchen is the very Bavarian snack of Rahmfleckerl, which consists of a thin rye sourdough that’s topped with Schmand (a thick sour cream), green onion, and bacon bits.

You’ll usually find them at one of the many stalls scattered around the Oktoberfest grounds.

A stall selling Bavarian Rahmfleckerl at a beer festival in Munich.

16. Roast Duck

Last but not least, for an Oktoberfest dish that’s a bit more gourmet, consider getting some roast duck, usually served with a side of red cabbage and a small kn√∂del.

I had mine as part of a lunch special at the K√§fer‚Äôs Wies‚Äôn-Sch√§nke. PRO TIP: Some of the best food at Oktoberfest can be found at this tent, which is beloved by celebrity visitors, so be sure to check it out if you’re after a truly tasty foodie experience.

A plate of roast duck with red cabbage and potato dumpling at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

These taste terrible.

They’re much prettier as decoration or a nice souvenir. Actually eating one is a mistake.

Gingerbread hearts on display at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

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As a final tip: be sure to bring stretchy pants to change into when you get home. You’ll need them. Have an amazing time, and prost!


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