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Vegetarian and vegan treats

Meat-free and happy at Oktoberfest

Even if the smell of grilled chicken, fried fish, or fish on a stick is in the air everywhere at Oktoberfest, everyone who doesn’t eat meat is guaranteed to be satisfied. The traditional spaetzle noodles had been on the menu for most tents for quite some time anyway, but the options for vegetarians and vegans are increasing year by year.

Vegetarian for small hunger

The selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes in the Wiesn tents is large. Cheese fans get their money’s worth with this hearty starter: obatzda cheese spread, radish, and an original Wiesn pretzel. As a vegan snack, a hearty “tomato bread” (organic tomato bread from the pan) or a vegan organic pumpkin spread with organic wood oven bread are up to task. Soups ranging from hearty to exotic are offered in most tents. What will it be? Potato soup, or maybe a tasty pumpkin soup with ginger and lemon grass?

Full and happy after a meatless main course

As we’ve already mentioned, Allgäu cheese spaetzle is available in almost every tent. But such a visit to the Wiesn is the perfect opportunity to try other vegetarian specialties, of which many, but not all, come from the local region. Organic bread dumplings, dumplings and creamy mushrooms (mushrooms in cream sauce), potato noodle dumplings, or vegetable-potato patties with tomato and apricot chutney will make you full and happy without meat. One vegetarian variant that always fits is pasta. At the Wiesn, you can find it in the form of organic pasta pockets with cheese filling or housemade spinach, quark, and pasta dumplings with creamy mushrooms. Even if these dishes are not so easy for non-Bavarian guests to order, they’re all the easier to eat. Also not to be scoffed at is the large selection of dumplings. Parmesan pretzel dumplings on assorted Bavarian vegetables with herb sauce, spinach or cheese dumplings, or even the “dumpling triple loop.” Enjoy!

Vegan is the trend — even at the Wiesn

Vegan dishes are also available in a wide selection at the Wiesn. For example, you have access to organic sauerkraut strudel, pan-fried vegetables with tomato puree, and lamb’s lettuce on a kohlrabi carpaccio. Popular meat replacement dishes such as quinoa (on a pea and mint puree) or a soy steak (with caramelized onions) can be found in the large and small tents, and are likely to please even Oktoberfest visitors who haven’t dedicated themselves to a meat-free diet.