Food is one of the best parts of any festival, and Germany's Oktoberfest is among the best places to get a good bite to eat for people on a senior travel tour in Europe. The famed Munich festival, which runs for 1 to 18 days from late September to early October, features plenty of Bavarian delicacies, from both vendors on the street and restaurants around the city. The various beer tents and gardens around Munich also offer up snacks and meals for visitors to munch on while they sip their frosty beers and celebrate German heritage. Here are a few of the traditional German offerings guests will find at Oktoberfest.
Best of the Wurst
One of the main staples of the Oktoberfest menu is meat, particularly sausages and wursts. Travelers who come to Munich can sample various dishes like bratwurst, curry wurst, weisswurst, wiener schnitzel and knockwurst. Most of these dishes are served with mustard and bread or pretzels, making for a simple but succulent meal that pairs perfectly with bubbly beer.
Savory Side Dishes
Whether travelers can't wait to get their hands on a knockwurst or they're not really in the mood for meat, there are plenty of other foods to try at Oktoberfest. Potatoes are a popular side dish, and visitors can sample potato dumplings, pancakes and salad. One of the crowd favorites is Schupfnudeln, a dish of pan-fried potato noodles that often accompanies sauerkraut, which is fermented cabbage with a distinctly sour flavor. Spätzle is another treat guests will find. This German-made pasta is commonly made with beer instead of water, according to GermanFoodGuide.com.
Sausages, wursts and potatoes may go great with frosty brews, but no festival is complete without some desserts. Oktoberfest is a great place to find many traditional German delicacies, such as apple strudel, plum cake and kaiserschmarm, a traditional Bavarian treat. This sweet pancake is a popular after-dinner snack that is accompanied by cooked fruit, rum-soaked raisins and almonds. Another pastry travelers might encounter on an escorted vacation to Munich is lebkuchen, also called pfefferkuchen, which is a flaky German gingerbread that goes great with coffee or tea.
Munich's official website states that visitors can find these and other foods throughout the festivities, as there are plenty of restaurants and self-service stands in addition to the beer tents that pop up around the city during the nearly three weeks of festivities. No matter what visitors are craving, they'll be able to find something tasty during Oktoberfest.