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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Oktoberfest 2015: Get ready for a vegan Wiesn


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.

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Vegan Wiesn 2013 – Review and Pictures


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 !!


Looks nice!

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)

carrot-orange-ginger soup

carrot-orange-ginger soup


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.

How to survive Oktoberfest as a vegan – Tent by Tent


Oktoberfest is less then 24 hours away  – so get ready!

As promised I will reveal the results of my “Tent-by-Tent-Research”.

I did email most of the Oktoberfest tents and asked them what they offer for vegans. I know they are busy with last minute preps and then some “crazy” requests like mine comes in. I have been surprised how many nice replies I did get – THANK YOU Wiesnwirte!!

And we have a tie for the top-spot – two tents offer explicitly marked vegan dishes:

  • Herzkasperl – a tent on the Oide Wiesn (old part) is offering a whole vegan section of traditional bavarian Okotberfest dishes – veganized!  You can choose between: carrot-orange-ginger soup;  lamb’s lettuce with sesame-dressing, Falafel,vegetables in beer dough and a  vegan “yoghurt”-dip;  soja medallions with spaetzle and chanterelles  in  vegan cream sauce, served with almond broccoli and cranberries;  homemade “cheess-spaetzle” with roasted onions and a green salad;  Apfelkücherl (apple-rings fried in a sweet beer-dough) with homemade vanilla ice-cream. I for sure will try them all ( probabaly more then once), so follow my Twitter to see live-pictures
  • Ammer Hühnerbraterei (a tent specialized in chickens – but at least organic ones and supporting the slow food movement) when asked by email if they offer something for vegans they immediatly came back to me : “of course we do …!”.  The vegan dishes are  clearly marked as vegan on their menu: Bio-Caesers Salad (vegan option available); organic chicken-fricassee with rice; organic plum-sorbet with mixed fruits. I think this is just so awesome for a chicken-joint!

Other tents which came back with offers for vegans – although not explicitly marked on the menu, and I cannot guarantee for –  include:

  • Kuffler’s Weinzelt: They offer  mixed mediterranean vegetables (grilgliata di verdure), with grilled baby-artichokes, red pappers, zucchini, fennel, served lukewarm with olive-oil, herbs and a baguette
  • Kalbs-Kuchl: Lamb’s lettuce with pear-cider dressing, cherry-tomtatos and croutons (I will ask them onsite to verify if those croutons are made with plant- based oil)
  • Wirtshaus Schichtl: Salad with chanterelles;  Backed- potatoes (without the dip)
  • Bodo’s Cafezelt: This tent is a “Coffee & Cake Tent” and I was hoping for some vegan sweets, but… all they can offer is a fruit salad ( which you need to ask for explicitly) . Well, this anyways is much healthier:)

Several other tents did just send me their menu, or came back with the standard ” well, you can have a pretzel or some salad or ask the waiter.” ( Believe me those waiters are much too busy, as is the kitchen, so please do not expect any great support here)

If you do not make it to one of the vegan-lovers or vegan-friendly tents above, here is what you can eat to save you from starvation – and please eat a lot, as the bavarian beer is strong: pretzel, radish (Radi and Radieschen), salad without any dressing.

Also they may sound or look tempting,  potato-salad, cabbage-salad, red cabbage salad, mixed salads with dressing and all soups normally contain animal stock or other non-vegan ingredients, many of the tents did confirm this to me. But the Hippodrom thinks that their potato soup may be vegan, but they are not sure (I will check it out on-site and let you know).

If you have a pre-booked fixed evening reservation, some tents offer you  pre-selected dishes and you can ask if they can do something special for you.

Normally it is nearly impossible to get a table at one of the tents last minute – you have to book months in advance ( and I mean like February…). So just imagine how delighted I was when yesterday I did receive a call from a friend, inviting me to join her at Ochsenbraterei for Sunday evening. This is one of the tents which offered me to arrange something special – in this case a platter of vegetables. I did take up their offer and are looking forward to sunday evening. I for sure will twitter an update.

A very nice offer came back from Fischer-Vroni  and their chef de cuisine, Mr Haas:  “Just let us know once  you are here – Mr Haas will cook something vegan especially for you!” – WOWW – That is great!!

Now:  Get ready for the Wiesn-  O’zapft Is – Enjoy the Oktoberfest!

Wiesn 2013 – How to survive Oktoberfest as a vegan


When you think of Oktoberfest, the first thing you think naturally is beer  – a lots of beer!  And in Bavaria, beer is vegan – thanks to the Reinheitsgebot,  so enjoy and Prost!

The next thing that comes to your mind as a vegan is:  how do I survive all this beer without decent food??

Food at the Oktoberfest is mostly  meat plus some side dishes. In 2012 7.4 Million Liter of beer have been enjoyed and more then 500,000 Chicken, 116 oxen and 85 calfs  did contribute to the event – not to forget all the pigs who “have been turned into sausage”….. . While vegetarians can select from Salads, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) or dumplings with mushrooms, getting full on vegan dishes can be hard (unless you take to  candies and caramelized almonds and nut, but then you have a sugar shock).

So I  did contact most of the tents and asked for vegan options.

Just before the famous “O’Zapft is” on Saturday, I will publish my findings – so stay tuned for the “Who is Who in vegan Wiesn feasting”:

Some basic survival tips upfront:

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! So 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 meet. Check out Radix in Thalkirchner-Strasse 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 there is for vegans. Demand drives the market: We have to let them know we are out there and we are potential customers.

For this year, I did take over this job for you- and I have some pleasant surprises I will share with you on Friday!  So stay tuned!!

Let me tell you that much already: Vegans are slowly taking over ….. 🙂