Oktoberfest isn’t all about beer – there’s plenty for the foodies too – each tent will serve local food of some kind but there’s some real specialties out there too…
Ochsenbraterei (Spatenbräu-Festhalle) - it's amazing what you can do with an ox including slowly turning one on a spit over the tent entrance - you can't miss it!
Café Mohrenkopf – the only tent with its own onsite bakery – breakfast here is the perfect way to start the day from pretzels to the speciality Mohenkopf – a chocolate-glazed cream cake perfect with a cup of coffee! Breakfast starts at 9am with a Happy Hour for huge cocktails between 5pm and 7pm.
Zur Bratwurst is less of a tent and more of a timber-framed bierhaus, but the smell of fried sausages over an open beech wood fire will draw you in drooling. A smaller, more intimate affair than some of the big tents, you’ll find it hard to resist.
Münchner Knödelei is all about local speciality the dumpling (or knödel) – spicy knödels with cheese or mushrooms, healthy knödels with spinach or beetroot or sweet knödels with banana – you can’t miss it – it’s like a giant stove complete with chimney.
If beer isn’t your thing don’t be put off. Swing by the Weinzelt and sample some wine instead, with more than 15 wines to sample plus champagne and Sekt (sparkling wine) there’s plenty of choice for the oenophiles (yes, it’s word) out there. Feisinger’s Kas-und Weinstub’n is also a wine specialist along with cheese but this is no ordinary ‘cheese & wine’ affair – this cheese is molten hot dripped over bread or potatoes and topped with onions, gherkins and the like.
For some celebrity spotting head to Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke, one of the smaller tents (capacity nearly 4,000), this place keeps going ‘til 12.30am but it’s hard to get in after 11pm so get in beforehand.