Oktoberfest at the Sidewalk House

I have been to Munich and I have been to the Hofbraus Haus with my daughter years ago. I have been in a German bierzelt ~ on a cold and rainy day in July ~ where an oompah band was playing to a rowdy crowd drinking from bierkruge that should have been too heavy to lift. But Oktoberfest in Munich? Nope! Our son in law has partied there with friends, handsome in traditional lederhosen ~ a story or two for him to tell, ja?

On September 16, in Munich, when the mayor tapped the first keg of Oktoberfestbier and declared O’zapft is, the 2016 festival began. With hendl (roast chicken), schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), wurstl (sausages), reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), sauerkraut, and other German specialties, huge crowds partied in the beer tents through Oktober 3. Why is it called Oktoberfest when most of the festival is in September? I don’t know but I’m sure there is a logical reason.

At the Sidewalk House we celebrate Oktoberfest in October ~ all through the month. Authentic? Not so much. Just a fun nod to our German roots.


Warm brezen with obatzda.

I ordered a pretzel at a Weinachtsmarkt the last time I was in Bonn. I was disappointed; it was not a warm pretzel ~ instead, cold, dry, and tough. Shhhh! don’t tell anyone, we heat our pretzels and spread them with gooey beer cheese (a really good mix of cheese, beer and seasonings).



Garden cucumbers, garlic, and dill. One of Farmer Ken’s favorite dishes from his abundant cucumber harvests. Served often throughout the month.


Bratwurst mit sauerkraut und mustard, gurkensalat, und bier! Around here, enjoyed all year!


How many bierkruge can this pretty kellnerin carry? Maybe just one.

Doodlebug, we really miss you and your family and are most happy that you have another year of the good life in Deutschland.

BUT! As OF says “Aber wir mussen Oktoberfest machen” at the Sidewalk House.  Prost!

One Response to Oktoberfest at the Sidewalk House

  1. Earl November 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    pretzel recipe please!

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