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Yesterday the 2013 Oktoberfest did come to an end. And I did not make it there as often as planned….. my quest for vegan dishes and delights has ben halted by the “oktoberfest-virus” …something most of us catch visiting the Wiesn ( due to too many beer, too many people and too less hygiene, maybe) – but I did catch it quite early, so it was tea and hot soup at home instead of vegan delights and beer at the Octoberfest 😦
Thank god, I was ill only the second half of the festival, so I have at least some vegan delights to share from the first half:)
Wiesn 2013 started really great for me: a friend of mine had a box at the Ochsenbraterei right at the first Sunday. This tent, when asked for vegan options, promise me that once I am there they would prepare something. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical. Oktoberfest is crazy and which kitchen would have time and nerves to go that extra mile. So imagine my surprise – the waitress was already informed and they did serve us a special vegan vegetable platter. It was really nice, a variety of mixed vegetables with different herbs – THANK YOU Ochsenbraterei !!
A few days later I did visit the Oide Wiesn. In 2010 the Oktoberfest did celebrate it’s 250 year anniversary with an “historical ad-on”. This was originally planned as a “one-time” event, but people loved it so much, now it is taking place every other year. The Herzkasperl-Tent there offered a whole vegan menu.
I did try: carrot-orange-ginger soup (Yummy!!) ; soja medallions with spaetzle and chanterelles in vegan cream sauce, served with almond broccoli and cranberries (see picture below); homemade “cheese-spaetzle” with roasted onions and a green salad ( so great, I did eat two plates in a row); Apfelkücherl (apple-rings fried in a sweet beer-dough) with homemade vanilla ice-cream (shame on me, no picture of those … they came, smelled and looked just like in my childhood days, I ate them quicker then a picture could have been taken)
homemade “cheess-spaetzle” with roasted onions and a green salad
soja medallions with spaetzle and chanterelles in vegan cream sauce, served with almond broccoli and cranberries
After this, the virus did strike (does a virus count as vegan, or does it count as “non-vegan” ….) … well, staying at home in bed gave me a lot of time to read through my many many cookbooks and plan for some great autumn and winter feasts.
But as we say here in Munich: “Nach der Wiesn is’ vor der Wiesn” ( After the Wiesn is before the Wiesn). We now will start to prepare for Wiesn 2014: Book a table at a tent; look for a nice new dirndl, improve our dancing skills for the Oide Wiesn and most important – convince more tents to serve vegan food. So in the next few months I will reach out to them one-by-one again and try to put my “vegan spell” on them.