Cooking with Beer for Oktoberfest!

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Oktoberfest – that two-week festival celebrating everything beer, ale and lager – has its roots in Munich, Bavaria and Germany, but the October festivities have spread worldwide. Who wouldn’t want to partake in a party centred around the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage, and the food that goes with it? If you have an Oktoberfest party planned – or even if you don’t – here are some delicious ways to combine the two. Cheers!


  • Bacon and Beer Carbonara 1 of 10
    Bacon and Beer Carbonara
    And now for something completely different - classic pasta carbonara, made with bacon and beer! A delicious Octoberfest dinner.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Beer Battered Coconut Shrimp 2 of 10
    Beer Battered Coconut Shrimp
    Beer-battered coconut shrimp is crunchy and delicious - a wonderful addition to any Oktoberfest party, or perfect for nibbling on the couch in front of the TV!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Real Baked Beans with Bacon & Beer 3 of 10
    Real Baked Beans with Bacon & Beer
    This is the real thing - baked beans simmered with salty bacon and hearty beer - perfect for chilly October days.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Chef Michael Smith’s Cheddar & Ale Soup 4 of 10
    Chef Michael Smith's Cheddar & Ale Soup
    Ale soup is classic pub food - it's simple to simmer a pot and serve with crusty bread - and a pint!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Beer Battered Zucchini Fries 5 of 10
    Beer Battered Zucchini Fries
    Crispy on the outside, soft within - battered zucchini fries make great use of all that zucchini that's in season in the fall. Perfect for Oktoberfest nibbling!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Beer Pancakes 6 of 10
    Beer Pancakes
    The secret ingredient in these pancakes - a light lager - makes them light and fluffy, and adds a hoppy tang.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Beer and Swiss Cheddar Fondue 7 of 10
    Beer and Swiss Cheddar Fondue
    A classic pairing - beer and cheese, with crusty bread for dipping! It's the ultimate fall and winter party food - if you don't have a fondue set, use bamboo skewers.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Black & Tan Cupcakes 8 of 10
    Black & Tan Cupcakes
    A classic black & tan translates well into a cupcake, with Guinness adding a surprisingly caramelly flavour to the creamy frosting. Delish!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Bacon Shortbread with Salted Ale Caramel 9 of 10
    Bacon Shortbread with Salted Ale Caramel
    Yes, beer can count as dessert! This sweet and salty shortbread topped with beer caramel is divine - perfect when you need something special for a party or homemade gift!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Beer in the Rear Chicken 10 of 10
    Beer in the Rear Chicken
    A crowd pleaser & conversation starter-perfect for a party, and great for grilling while the weather is still warm.
    Bell'alimento has the recipe!

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