Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oktoberfest 2015

Oktoberfest: a yummy way to celebrate fall!

This past weekend, we celebrated one of my FAVORITE fall events with our family - Oktoberfest!

A handful of years ago, shortly after moving back to Buffalo, I asked my Dad if we could host a yearly chowder party. My original thought is that we'd bundle up, have a campfire outside, make a huge batch of chowder with our immediate family, drink hot chocolate and embrace fall. My Dad took my idea and ran with it! He decided to host a full-on Oktoberfest party at his house with a big guest list, all kinds of German food, heated tents outside to huddle up in, and - because he's a home-brewer - his own Oktoberfest brew.

My Dad's Oktoberfest beer

It was such a huge hit, that it turned into an annual event, and now it's something that my family and I REALLY look forward to! Every year is slightly different - the weather can be unseasonably warm or cold or somewhere in between. The menu shifts a little bit each time. The overloaded dessert table has different surprises from year to year. But the staples remain - lots of yummy eating and time with friends and family.

Oktoberfest typically happens in my Dad's garage, which he sets up with tables, a tv, oompa music, and all kinds of treats. He also sets up tents with heaters for extra seating. The food table is long and overflowing, and he labels each of the dishes with its traditional German name.

oktoberfest table

I wish I made note of everything a little better, but it's such a busy party! My favorite things? Blaukraut (German Red Cabbage), Sauerbraten (German Pot Roast), and Spaetzle (Noodles). There's usually 2-3 different kinds of German Potato Salad, and potato pancakes (which he made in the form of a bake this year). He makes Bratwurst, too, plus hot dogs for the kids. My kids are always happy to eat a hot dog & noodles!

Every year I think I'll want seconds of everything because it's all SO GOOD, but I end up painfully stuffed. It's too yummy! Oh - and can't forget the big pretzels and cheese dip! My kids' favorite part.

We can't wait for next year!

1 comment:

  1. How fun to have this tradition to look forward to. I didn't realize that pretzels were of a Germanic origin. Yummm.