It won’t be long before the cry of "O’zapft is!" rings out as the first beer keg is tapped and Oktoberfest is officially open. The 186th Oktoberfest will begin on 21 September 2019 on the Theresienwiese in Munich, kicking off a rollicking jamboree of marquees, music, fairground rides, beer and all sorts of culinary delights.
Traditional dress like dirndls or a natty pair of lederhosen are an absolute must. The position of the bow on the dirndl tells you lots about the woman’s relationship status. If it’s tied on the right-hand side, it means that the girl is spoken for. If it is on the left-hand side, it means that she’s single. A bow in the middle indicates that the woman is a virgin, while tying it at the back means that she’s either a waitress, widow or child.
Millions of visitors are once again expected to flock to the biggest folk festival in the world, not least due to the hearty Bavarian cuisine and cold beer. Knuckle of pork and roast meat are must-try Oktoberfest specialities, so it’s only right that we include them here. Try our Roast pork, with crackling, cabbage and dumplings or a delicious Crispy knuckle of pork with radish salad. Get a bit of Bavaria at home with our recipe for Veal sausage salad with pretzels. Potato dumpling fingers with mushroom ragout are also bound to be a hit. To round it all off, we recommend Yeast dumplings with poppy seed butter and vanilla sauce. Monsieur Cuisine wishes you a fantastic Oktoberfest!