So you’ve probably heard of Oktoberfest, but haven’t had a chance to properly enjoy the festival. We get it. Traveling half-way across the world is not easy. And why bother when you can savor the flavors of Oktoberfest from your own home? But before you dive into the meat of this month-long celebration, take the time to understand the origins, traditions and culinary center pieces of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest OriginsOktoberfest is one of the world’s biggest public festivals, attracting nearly 6 million people a year. It runs from the second to last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in October. The first Oktoberfest dates all the way back to October 12th, 1810 in Munich, Germany, where Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen (a handful of a name for a city, we know). The entire city of Munich was invited to this five-day celebration. It culminated in horse races at the Theresienwiese (Therese’s Garden) for everyone to enjoy. In fact, the horse races were so popular they were repeated the following year, starting an annual tradition. And as the years passed, Oktoberfest would evolve to include an agricultural show, beer stands, carousels, and eventually expand into the large beer halls and amusement park rides that are seen today. Over time, the event became so popular that it was moved to begin in mid-September so festival-goers could enjoy the better weather in Munich. Nevertheless, the name remained the same.
Oktoberfest ‘Brat’ To Your HomeThere is just one rule when it comes to enjoying a true German Oktoberfest meal. It must include a German sausage with sauerkraut and mustard between it’s buns. And when it comes down to which German sausage to pick, you’ve got a few choices. For Oktoberfest, the German sausages of choice are, without a doubt, Bratwurst, Beer Brats, Smoked Brats, Knackwurst, Frankfurters, and Wieners. Lucky for you, Charcutnuvo’s made things easy, offering an Oktoberfest Sausage Sampler. The sausages included, like all Charcutnuvo products, are made with only pure and simple ingredients. This not only creates a better taste, but offers an honest indulgence that will change how you think about sausage. So, if you’re new to the German sausage scene, don’t fret. Here’s the rundown you’ve been waiting for:
BratwurstUsually made from pork, veal, and sometimes beef, Bratwurst originates from the city of Nuremberg, and are known lovingly as ‘farmers sausages' in Germany. Bratwurst can be prepared in many different ways. In the Oktoberfest Sausage Sampler, Charcutnuvo offers two types of Bratwurst:
- Bratwurst Made With Pork and Veal: Known for its buttery flavor and fine and delicate texture, this traditional Oktoberfest Brat goes by many names: White Bratwurst, Weisswurst, KalbsBratwurst, White Hots, or just Bratwurst. As one of Charcutnuvo’s most popular products, it is made with a combination of all natural pork, veal, spices and milk.
- Smoked Bratwurst: Known as Schueblig in Switzerland, this smoked bratwurst delivers the rich and meaty taste you know and love. It’s made with natural pork and beef, and is hormone free, gluten free, and milk free.
WienerWieners are most commonly recognized as a traditional American hot dog. Despite their frequent appearance at barbecues, this sausage’s roots are actually Austrian-German. The word wiener is German for “of Vienna'', referring to the Vienna Sausage the wiener is derived from. It came to earn the name “hot dog” when German immigrants in America would sell what they called “dachshund sausages”, because they looked like the long torso of Dachshund or Wiener dogs. It only was a matter of time before everyone started calling these bad boys hot dogs. Charcutnuvo Wieners feature a blend of natural pork and organic beef, which are created to reflect its German-Austrian roots, while still tasting like the American dog you enjoy at a baseball game.
KnackwurstKnackwurst, also known as Cervelas in Switzerland, is a very thick type of sausage. It originated in the northern region of Germany known as Holstein. Most commonly, knackwurst contains some combination of ground pork, veal, beef and garlic. The Knackwurst included in the Charcutnuvo Oktoberfest Sausage Sampler is a healthier alternative to the sausage you’d likely be indulging in Germany. How, exactly? Well, Charcutnuvo Knackwurst are antibiotic and hormone free. Additionally, they are made with fine grass-fed beef and fine ground pork -- all stuffed in a beef casing and delivering a delicious texture like no other sausage.
FrankfurterAs you could have guessed, Frankfurters originate in the German city of Frankfurt. They look like a longer hot dog, and are usually made with pork and surrounded by a sheep casing. The Charcutnuvo’s Frankfurters included in the Oktoberfest Sausage Sampler are made with smoked, all natural beef and pork, and are seasoned with nutmeg, giving it an extra kick.
Oktober-feast: What to Pair with the Brats?While Oktoberfest is known for brats served with mustard and sauerkraut, the traditional holiday cuisine is so much more. The traditional foods of Oktoberfest include warm soft pretzels, spit-grilled chicken, warm potato salad, apple caraway sauerkraut, honey dumplings, and apple strudel. To help wash all that food down, the most common beer served is Märzen, a dark German beer made just for the occasion.
Oktoberfest, Delivered to Your Front DoorSo, what are you waiting for? Fire up the grill before fall turns to winter. Invite your friends and family, and celebrate Oktoberfest in the most healthy and authentic way -- with Charcutnuvo’s exclusive Oktoberfest Sausage Sampler, which includes:
- Bratwurst Made with Pork and Veal (2)
- Smoked Bratwurst (1)
- Knackwurst (1)
- Wieners (1)
- Frankfurters (1)