Once again a very special time is approaching. In less than a week the Oktoberfest 2017 will start. Locals and tourist, young and old, hipsters and traditionalist, they all come together to drink, eat and enjoy Bavarian cosiness.
Much beer will be consumed and, unfortunately, many pigs, cows and chickens have to give their lives to fill hungry stomachs. But vegans do not need to despair. Vegan food has conquered Oktoberfest, too, and you will find vegan options at nearly all tents. Below I did put together some tips & recommendations for a vegan Wiesn 2017. So get ready for a stroll around the Oktoberfest and have fun!
(Picture: Michaela Schellhorn, pixelio.de)
The Big Tents
Vegetable patties with quinoa, tomato sauce and a small mixed salad
Pasta with mediterranean vegetables and rucola
Smoked organic almond-sesame tofu with cress-salad, different seeds, snow-pea sprouts and passionfruit-chilli dressing
Pasta filled with quinoa, spinach, tomato ragout and basil
Grilled soy steak with potato-vegetable salad, melted onions and Münchner Kindl Galliger BBQ-sauce
Chanterells-potato patties with creamed spinach (with almond milk), porcini mushrooms and small radishes
Grilled asparagus with orange-pistachio sauce and basil
Curry-Potato-Gnocchi with mixed vegetables
The Small Tents
Tarte flambée with tomato-basil sauce, tomato salsa, vegan mozzarella and basil
Fisch Bäda – vegan heaven!
Here you can eat yourself through a four-course vegan menu – all gluten free!
Wild mushroom salad with a selection of leafy salads with herb dressing and glasnoodle-wakame salad
Additionally you can have a salad with balsamic dressing or herb vinaigrette and fresh bread, sprinkled with roasted seeds and kernels
From the wok: Smoked tofu with fried rice noodles and vegetables (gluten free!)
Pan-fried vegetables with tomato sauce, spelt grains and crispy hash browns
Organic kraut strudel with almonds, curry and vegetable ragout
Achmüllers – Wirtsbudenstrasse 65 & 58
Vegan nougat sweets
Feinkost Anthuber – Wirtsbudenstrasse 84
Spelt and vegetable patties
Vegan cheese noodles
Gulasch-Kanone – booth next to the main tent entrance of Löwenbräu
Carrot-ginger soup, delivered by the outstanding vegan restaurant in Munich Max Pett
Henriette Dehner – Wirtsbudenstraße 127
Vegan bratwurst in a bun
Schottenhammel – Booth next to the main tent entrance
Vegan organic herbal tofu sausage and soy sausage
Wurstbraterei Burtscher – Wirtsbudenstrasse 28
Several Wraps with e.g. Hummus, grilled vegetables, bruschetta, mushrooms, Couscous
Since 2010 the “Oide Wiesn” is a separate section dedicated to the good old times. Stalls selling old-fashioned candies, carousels that make you travel back in time and beer served in stone beer mugs gives you an idea how the good old times may have looked. 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- all 3 tents have great vegan food!
Potato Gulasch with mushrooms, celery and sweet peppers
Herzkasperl Zelt – vegan heaven!
They did not publish their menu yet, but for sure they will have a whole lot of vegan dishes, Being the first Oktoberfest tent to offer vegan food. The last years they had on offer:
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)
Vegetable stew with potato, served in a mason jar
Baked potato with soy-creamcheese, tomato ragout and basil
Some additional Info & Tips on how to survive the Oktoberfest
1: If a dish is not clearly marked vegan, but looks like it may be – better be careful. 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. If I go to a tent where no vegan options is available I do for example bring my own bread spreads (which go great with Brezn) and some Tofu/Seitan meat. Most supermarkets and all organic shops to offer many vega options you can stock up with. More about vegan options at organic supermarkets in Munich you can find HERE.
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
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.
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
Let me know how your Oktoberfest 2017 went – drop me a line and share your experience with me! ENJOY!!!