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O’zafpt is! Get Ready – Go Vegan!
Oktoberfest 2015 will start in less than a week. From 19th of September until 4th of October Munich once more will be celebrating like crazy. With more than 6 million visitors from all over the world I am sure some vegans will find their way, too.
Over 16 big tents, 21 small tents and many small booths will offer local specialties; sadly most of it will not be vegan (last year more than 112 oxen and 48 calves had to give their life). Still, no reason to despair. As a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle becomes more and more common, even traditional events like the Oktoberfest start to pick up the trend. Vegetarian food is easy to be found and even vegan dishes make it to the menus.
Below you will find a quick overview of where to satisfy your VEGAN hunger. Print out the list and start your vegan Oktoberfest tour. If you want to find out more about the tents (history, size, party-level..) you can follow the links provided below.
(Picture by by_Michaela Schöllhorn, www.pixelio.de)
Basic Tips on how to survive the Oktoberfest
As a true “Münchner Kindl” and living only 10 minutes walking distance from the Oktoberfest, I go there every year since a baby (actually my mum broke the news of being pregnant to her family at the Oktoberfest). So once I started to be vegan, I didn’t want to stop this tradition, and started came up with some basic survival tips:
1: Do not expect the waitresses to know the detailed ingredients; most of the time they are too busy to go and ask in the kitchen. Wiesn is hell and they have a hard job! Be aware that salads may have joghurt in their dressing, dumplings contain milk and eggs, potato salad are made with a meat-stock, same for soups. You still can ask the waitress, but have a fall-back solution if she can not answer.
2: If you bring your own food (which is not allowed), I recommend to tell the waitress and explain her your “desperate” situation. They earn from selling beer and food, so if you bring your own, she will earn less. Tip her well to make up for the loss. Last year I did bring my own bread spreads (which go great with Brezn) and some Tofu/Seitan meat. Check out Radix in Thalkirchner-Strasse 88 or Veganz at Baldestrasse 21 and stock up before you go to the Oktoberfest.
3: Check the menu of the tents well ahead of time and email to the owners to clarify if and what is available for vegans. Demand drives the market: We have to let them know we are out there and we are potential customers.
The Oktoberfest Beer
First things first… one of the most important things at the Wiesn is the beer. More than 6 million liters are drunk every year. And while I do not want to promote to bing drink, I do recommend to have at last one sip of Oktoberfest beer. It is brewed especially for the Oktoberfest and tastes especially good. And it is vegan. The Bavarian Purity Requirements, one of the oldest laws concerning food and drink, states that only water, hops and barley should be used to brew Bavarian beer.
Vegan highlight – Herzkasperl at the Oide Wiesn
Since 2010 the “Oide Wiesn” is a separate section dedicated to the good old times. Here you find stalls selling old-fashioned candies, the carousels make you travel back in time and the beer is served in stone beer mugs. Traditional small music bands as well as the new and hip folk music scene stage here and you can join into dance lessons for traditional Bavarian folk dances. Entrance is limited and there is a fee of 3 Euros per person. With less of the party-folk and tourists the Oide Wiesn is less crowded and also offers THE BEST vegan options for us. The tent Herzkasperl was the first tent ever to serve dedicated vegan dishes back in 2013 and this year’s options are just mouth-watering again.
Pumpkin-cream soup with a pumpkin-seed bread
Lamb’s lettuce with turnip cabbage carpaccio
Soy-medaillons with spaetzle (small noodles, which are normally made of egg) and chanterelles in a cream sauce
Soy-vegetable goulash with spaetzle and melted onions
Apfelkücherl (apple-rings fried in a sweet beer-dough
Vegan food at big tents
Herbal corn patties with a mash of peas and mint, garden cress and a blue potato gratin
Grilled green asparagus with an orange – pistachio sauce and basil leaves.
Sojasteak with potato-vegetable salad, melted onions and BBQ sauce
Plate of mixed radish: Munich-style beer-radish, red radish, white radish (Eiszapfen/icicles) and bread with chives
Their salad (Schützensalat) with grilled mushrooms may be vegan I have to double-check
Wok-dish with smoked tofu, fried rice noodles and vegetables
Salad with raspberry-lentils and quinao burger (Wald- und Wiesensalat)
Mixed or green salad and boiled potatoes
Tom Gha Jay – vegan Thai coconut soup with vegetables and mushrooms
Vegan Thai Curry
Mediterranean vegetable plate – “Grigliata di verdure”, grilled baby-artichokes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini and fennel, with olive oil and herbs, served with a baguette
Vegan food at small tents
Sandwich with sunflower margarine and chives (organic!)
Carrot-spelt spread )organic!)
Cornmeal patties with vegetables and herbs (organic!)
Organic Radish and red radish with chives-sandwich
Organic green salad, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds with balsamico vinegar and fried mushrooms
Apple strudel with plum sauce
Ice-praline with cocos
Red fruit pudding with coconut crust
Curry with coconut milk and jasmine rice (spicy
Mushrooms with coconut-herb cream and potato dumplings
Baked potatoes with grilled vegetables
Pan-fried vegetables with tomato sauce and spelt seeds with fried grated potatoes
Sauerkraut strudel with almonds and curry with vegetable ragout (organic!)
Tarte flambeé with tomatoes
vegan cakes with fuites
Vegetable soup with ginger and lemon gras
Wok dish with smoked Tofu with tomato-apricot chutney and curried vegetables
Mixed salad with balsamico vinegar and roasted kernels
Green salad with herbal dressing, glass noodles – wakame salad and wild mushrooms
Coconut-milk cinnamon icecream with rosmary-apple ragout
Vegan wine Sangiovese I.G.T.
King oyster mushrooms (organic & regional!) with soy-cream sauce and served with fried dumpling-slices
Green salad with balsalmico dressing and roasted nuts
Vegan food at stands
Gulaschkanone (In front of the Löwenbräu tent)
Carrot-ginger soup (delivered daily by one if Munich’s best vegan restaurants Max Pett)
Stand Hoffmann (on the opposite side of Marstall, at the main entrance)
Fleckalm (Strasse 3 West, -2-)
Flatbread (sourdough) with sour cream and vegan cheese
Feinkost Anthuber (Wirtsbudenstrasse 84)
vegetable, soy and tofu burgers
Wustbraterei Ebert (Strasse 5, Nr 16)
Burtschers Grillhaus (between Bräurosel und Löwenbräu tent)
Vegan wraps with couscous filling
Bauer’s Ofenkartoffeln (directly in front of the Weinzelt)
Baked potatoes with a soy-chives sauce (gluten free!)
For more info on the Oktoberfest in general (how to get to the Oktoberfest, list of tents, opening hours,..) visit http://www.oktoberfest.de/en