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Music from the Oktoberfest

Some foot stompin music from the Rockaholixs and GREAT Geman Oktoberfest band.

Guten Tag!
Get Your Oktoberfest On


Part 1


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I have written in length a bit about some fun facts of Oktoberfest history,

How about a bit of PRE-History.

You may find some of the roots of your "Waaaayy Back" German heritage fun!



So we all know the first Oktoberfest was a wedding of King Ludwig 1 and Therese
But WHY would the big feature be a horse race!


Let's make some of the Vorspeisenbrettl they serve at Oktoberfest

Large Pretzels (Laugenbrezel)

Obatzda and radish

perfect accompaniment to a Pretzel

Who is this lady they call "The Bavarian".?
Where does the name "Bavarian" come from?

Let's look into why she has overlooked the Oktoberfest since


The Pre-Origins of Oktoberfest
Our Wayyyyyyy distant relatives
German's have a Long History
of being Party Animals and Feasting

Where did the name Bavarian Come from?

All of us with German heritage go wayyyyy back, most likely your ancestors were Celtic. More locally if you have Bavarian roots your  Celtic tribe may have been The Boii which historians say were either Cow herders (like cowboys) or warriors, and maybe a bit of both. Over many years the Boii became more Germanic and "Heime" a Germanic word for home was attached to denote them that later became Boii +Heime or Bohemian. As you got a little more local and lived on either side of the Danube a term …."The Varii" which meant “the people of” was attached and later turned into ….......Boii-Varii ..and finally Bavarian.

If you were a Celt you had many festivals that were pagan but centered around things like the 4 different seasons called Fire Festivals.

As Christianity replaced the Celtic religions tye festivals evolved to be centered around saints.

Since ancient times horse racing has been popular perhaps it being symbolic of Odin’s horse  that beat Hrungnir's steed in Mythology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_racing


Odin on his steed Sleipnir


Why a Horse Race at King Ludwig's Wedding?

Horse race at the first Oktoberfest outside the town of Munich
the stands held 40,000 people.

In Bavaria there was a town that later was named Munich (Munchen). The word is derived from "Monks".

The Boii were there in the 2nd century B.C. and the "Boii Varii". Then Benedictine Monks had a settlement in this area as early as the 8th century.

This town was well situated as it was on The Old Salt Road. Salt was so valuable back then to preserve food that it was called "White Gold". So a fortress was built for protection from invaders wanting to steal salt! Complete with a bridge and moat. This fortress was called Neuhauser Tor, until 1791 when it was renamed Karlstor and remains so today.

Here is a drawing of what the Bridge, moat and fortress entrance looked like back in the 1300's

Horse races became popular and in 1448 a race was started in front of The Neuhauser Tor called the"Scharlachrennen" (the Scarlet Race) in which the first prize was a beautiful bright red banner, other levels of prizes included even a live sow. I am sure that was much appreciated  back then.  These horse races included a fair and also vendors selling their goods. So the roots of the Oktoberfest were sown and many folks ask “Why a horse race at the wedding of King Ludwig and Theresa, but now we have a good idea.

It was only in 1786, 24 years prior the first Oktoberfest, that this tradition ceased but was still well-remembered.



Emblem in front of the Karlstor
shows that it was made in 1302



What a great place to visit today is the Karlstor on Marienplatz in Munich. The gate built in the 1300's still stands.

So much history here and get you would get a great feel of your roots.



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Lets take a break from History

I was asked what would be a good appetizer platter to take to an Oktoberfest party.

Here is a Brotzeit platter sometimes called a

Vorspeisenbrettl (appetizer platter)

Here is the Oktoberfest menu for the Hacker Feltzelt
Hacker's large festival tent
(this is not a gathering place for computer geeks)

The Hacker Feltzelt menu is titled
Schmankerl which means something like "treats"

Here is the whole Hacker Feltzelt Menu

Schnittlauch und Schmaltzbrot
Westphalian ham, Obatzda (Cheese Spread) and
Rettisch (white radish) and Radieschen (red radish)

This is Chive Bread Schnittlauchbrot on the left and Griebenchmalzbrot on the right.
From the Hippodrom

The White Radish (Rettisch) that is shaved is done with a special tool and the red radish (Radieschen) are just usually plated whole.

The Schmalzbrot is an interesting spread made from simmered chopped pork fat with some of the skin and meat to give it cracklings also may contain onions and apples. Those are the bits that look like chopped nuts on the bread, This spread is called Griebenschmalz

The Chive Bread (Schnittlauchbrot) is made with good German bread, butter, quark or similar and chopped chives.

Obatzda is a creamy cheese dip made from camembert and sometimes other cheeses colored with paprika, a little beer and seasonings.



Go Here to make a Vorspeisenbrettl Platter
with Step by Step Pictures

You can of course add all kinds of other goodies, here is a meat, radish and obatzda platter.


Tree Bark Footed Server

I like the way they use 2 Masskrugs to position the Vorspeisenbrettl on.



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Oktoberfest Party Stuff!


Bavarian Toothpick Flags


Bavarian Checked Tablecloth
54" by 108"




Oktoberfest Party Supplies Bundle
Pack for 16 Plus Bonus Octoberfest Bottle Opener

16 - 9" Paper Plates
16 - Large Luncheon Napkins
Bonus Bottle Opener
Ein Prosit!







The Indispensable Radish on the
German appetizer plate

I have not eaten radishes that much, When you start to work with them
you start to fall in love with their flavor. In the United States you don't usually see them
in restaurants much except cut up in a green salad or on empty vegetable platters

Different Styles of Radish
You can enjoy fresh radish all year long

Often called Radi in Germany.
These are similar to the Daikon radish that you find in the stores in the United States. They are milder in flavor. These originated in China and made their way to Europe in the 16th century. The red small globe variety was developed later on.

These smaller white radishes are called "Bier Rettisch"
they are wonderful with a glass of beer and dark bread and butter topped with chopped chives.

Radieschen or small radish, are grown in Spring.

The Black Radish is planted in July and harvested in the Fall. They can be stored through winter like carrots and turnips.



After you slice the radish salt it and let it sit
"until the radish cries" this brings out the flavor and mellows the sharpness.


to the left

A perfect snack in the Biergarten is bread, sliced salted radish and a Mass.

Often cut like a Slinky
Everyone can pull off what a slice and it keeps intact.

See below how to make this with a kitchen knife. It is not that hard but takes a bit of practice to do very well.

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other fun vegie curls

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How to make a Radish Accordion


Step by step how to cut a radish accord ian

Schmecht den Süden


Video of cutting a radish accordion

Rettisch Schneiden


Triangle Radish Cutter



Radish salads are perfect side for a bbq and a meal. salt, drain and add a vinaigrette and some chopped chives.

the small red radishes

pronounced rad-IS-shen

Makes a nice garnish for this brotzeit with quark.

It seems the smaller the radish the more powerful. The strong bite is caused by mustard oils. (glucosinolate).
These of course ward off predators, but to our advantage it wards off bacteria in our system. Also they
aid in digestion so it is perfect accompaniment for a meal. To soften the "bite" salt the radishes either whole, cut
in quarters or slices and let them sit until they, as the Germans say "cry". drain and dry off the liquid which
contains much of the mustard oil.

For more information, Red Radishes Small but Powerful


More links to working with Radishes

Working with Radishes

The history of radishes in Germany

More about Radishes from Essen und Trinken a German website.

Armchair Sommlier

You can find programs to translate this online. If you have a chrome browser
just right click and choose translate to English.



German Style Cheese Dips

When you order a Laugenbrezel be sure to get an order of ...

( a special cheese spread)

when you order a pretzel you can order a side of this wonderful dip called Obatzda.
It is generally a camembert that that is seasoned and whipped smooth.


Go here to make Obatzda Cheese dip with step by step pictures

How to make a Simple Cheese Dip that is similar to the look of the Bavarian Obatzda,

that is great for USA folks,
the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available and
most all folks I have ever made this for in the 20 years have loved it and wanted
the recipe
Go here for the Simple Cheese Dip Recipe with Step by Step Pictures



Make Soft Baked Pretzel





This got a bit long we will get to "The Bavarian"

and how she got to be looking over the
Oktoberfest even today

next issue in a few days.



German Music

  Oktoberfest Wiesn Hit

Sauf Ma No A Mass



Logo Logo,
Wiesn Hit
From famous Oktoberfest band
Rockaholixs Buam



Some Highlights of Oktoberfest
some music but not much

Oktoberfest Hits 2017


Mir Ham Dust


"So is unsa Wies`n"




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