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Are you familiar with Oktoberfest—the huge beer festival that takes place in early October and has thousands of people flocking to Munich, Germany each year? Well, it’s also celebrated in several other countries, including Canada. Read on to learn more about this festive, gourmet event!

The flavours of Oktoberfest

This fall, get inspired by German culinary traditions by making dishes that feature beer. And of course, we suggest pairing your dishes with a refreshing pint!

Beer can chicken

Try something different with this beer can chicken! A simple meal that can be made entirely on the BBQ!

Tender pork hock

Elevate your pork hock with beer! Simply add some white ale to your marinade and let your meat simmer over low heat for two and a half hours.

Not your typical hotdog

Celebrate Oktoberfest by topping your hotdog with beer-braised sauerkraut! In a deep oven-safe dish, combine sauerkraut, sliced onions, white ale, garlic, dried herbs, and honey. Cover and cook in the oven at 400°F for 15 minutes or so.

3 tips for cooking with beer

  • If you’re cooking with delicate meats, such as fish or seafood, opt for white ale in your marinade. For firmer meats, opt for amber beers.
  • Remember that the higher the heat, the more bitter the beer will get. We recommend cooking your dishes over low heat.
  • Beer can also be used in your favourite desserts! When making pancakes or waffles, replace half the milk with beer. The effervescence of the bubbles will help aerate the dough and make it even fluffier.
This Oktoberfest, don’t hesitate to experiment with beer in the kitchen—your taste buds will thank you!

A bicentennial tradition

Oktoberfest is a German festival that originated in 1810, in celebration of the nuptials of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated worldwide—a fair that boasts traditional Bavarian costumes, shows, roasted sausages, and of course, beer!