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German ocktoberfest - German food anyone?
United States
October 18, 2008 3:07am CST
I'm going to Ocktoberfest here - and I'm not familiar with German food. I've had cabbage which I didn't care for. I did love the potato salad but I can't have potato salad the whole time. What do you like? They seem to have a huge array of german food - any picks?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
18 Oct 08
I assume you are going here in the US? The one in Germany is already over, lol. the Oktoberfests I have been to here in the US has a lot of American type of food. Bratwurst, Hot Dog, even polish sausage. It's something you find in Germany, too. French fries are usually offered, too. You shouldn't have a problem finding something to eat. If they have, try the Leberkaes, my family loves that stuff. Usually you can see the foods first anyway. Potato salad is done differently from vendor to vendor just like people have different recipes here. You really should look at it first before getting it. Some places offer what's called 'Schnitzel', which in essence is like breaded boneless pork chops although veal should be used to make it. And there is potato pancakes and Reibekuchen which is similar just tastes a bit different. Since you don't like cabbage, the Sauerkraut is probably not for you. NY has a huge German population and better access to German imports. You might find some really interesting stuff there that's normally not even offered at the real Oktoberfest. If they have try a pretzel, or Bretzel as it is called in Germany. Maybe they even have real German rolls which are harder on the outside than the stuff you are used to here. They are called 'Semmeln' or 'Broetchen'. My family loves them but we can't get them here and it's very difficult to make them yourself. I wish I could go. I'm originally from Germany and very rarely get to go home. It's a treat to find German food outside the big cities like New York or Chicago. Hope you'll enjoy yourself and the food;)
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• United States
19 Oct 08
I know you said you don't like cabbage, but if a vendor has fresh sauerkraut, you might try a little of that. Fresh is so much different and better than the canned stuff. There really are too many foods there to pick. The meats are usually pretty good, and the potato pancakes. Any of the sweets are a nice treat. Have fun, be adventurous, and let us know all about it when you come back.*S*
• United States
19 Oct 08
Surpringly their sauerkraut was really good - it had tomato in it which I didn't expect. My friend ended up having the potato pancakes and pireoges. It was a really fun time I can't wait to go back.
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• United States
19 Oct 08
I am glad you tried the sauerkraut. It is one of my favorites. I am glad you enjoyed yourself.
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@xander6464 (1107)
• Wapello, Iowa
20 Sep 15
You can't go wrong with the bratwurst and roast chicken.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
19 Oct 08
I love german sauerkraut. Its actualy called creamed sauerkraut. I love alot of their sausages too. They have many wonderful foods. My step mother is german and she has introduced many of them to us.