Get ready for a vegan Oktoberfest 2017

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!

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(Picture: Michaela Schellhorn, pixelio.de)

 


The Big Tents

Augustiner Festzelt
Vegetable  patties with quinoa, tomato sauce and a small mixed salad

Bräurosl
Pasta with mediterranean vegetables and rucola

Käfer’s Wiesnschänke
Smoked organic almond-sesame tofu with cress-salad, different seeds, snow-pea sprouts and passionfruit-chilli dressing

Löwenbräu Festzelt
Pasta filled with quinoa, spinach, tomato ragout and basil

Marstall
Grilled soy steak with potato-vegetable salad, melted onions and Münchner Kindl Galliger BBQ-sauce

Ochsenbraterei
Chanterells-potato patties with creamed spinach (with almond milk), porcini mushrooms and small radishes

Schottenhammel
Red sweet paprika filled with lentils and pumpkin and served with a curry-peanut sauce

Schützen Festzelt
Grilled asparagus with orange-pistachio sauce and basil

Swabian raviolis filled with potato and beetroot and served with a horseradish pesto
Winzerer Fähndl
Curry-Potato-Gnocchi with mixed  vegetables

 


The Small Tents

Cafe Kaiserschmarrn
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

Vegetable soup with ginger and lemongrass
Smoked tofu with tomato-apricot chutney and curry vegetables from the wok
Coconut-Cinamnon ice-cream with rosemary- apple ragout

Additionally you can have a salad with balsamic dressing or herb vinaigrette and fresh bread, sprinkled with roasted seeds and kernels

 

Fischer Vroni
From the wok: Smoked tofu with fried rice noodles and vegetables (gluten free!)

Hühner- und Entenbraterei Wildmoser
Organic king oyster mushrooms with soy-cream sauce and slices of roasted dumplings

Kufflers Weinzelt

Mediterranen vegetables  –  Grigliata di verdure, grilled baby artichokes, eggplants, sweet paprika, zucchini and fennel, served warm with olive oil and herbs and white bread
Tom Gha Jay, vegane Thai coconut soup with vegetables and mushrooms

Zum Stiftl
Pan-fried vegetables with tomato sauce, spelt grains and crispy hash browns
Organic kraut strudel with almonds, curry and vegetable ragout


The Stands

Achmüllers – Wirtsbudenstrasse 65 & 58
Vegan nougat sweets

Feinkost Anthuber – Wirtsbudenstrasse 84
Vegan meatloaf
Vegan burger
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
Vegan Burger

 


Oide Wiesn

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!

Festzelt Tradition
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
“Cheese”-spaetzle
Soy-vegetable goulash with spaetzle and melted onions
Apfelkücherl (apple-rings fried in a sweet beer-dough)

Zur Schönheitskönigin
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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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  5. Heading to the tents today and was thrilled to find your list!! First time I came to Oktoberfest in 2001 I starved…and now there are all these vegan options! The times they are a-changing!

    • Great to hear that my list did help! Yes, since 2001 a lot did change. Vegan lifestyle did catch on to the main-stream, even Oktoberfest now must cater to us:) I hope you had a great time, where did you end up eating? How was it – do you have any picture?

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