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Oktoberfest/German party ideas

My turn is coming up to host the bimonthly Gourmet Club at my house. Given that it will be in October, I am leaning toward an Oktoberfest theme. As host I decide the menu and make the main course, and everyone else brings the go-withs, from appetizers to dessert. I can provide specific recipes if I choose to.

Please chime in. I appreciate your ideas. Thank you.

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  1. I LOVE a warm German potato salad.

    1. Obviously sausages, bretzels, schnitzels, and spaetzels.

      As far as specifics, you can make various flavored mustards and breads for the sausages. Use all sorts of meats like turkey, chicken, pork and veal for the schnitzels maybe serve a schnitzel sampler?

      I don't have a recipe but a german biergarten I go to makes an amazing bacon and cheese spaetzle. It is almost like a creamy mac and cheese with thick cut chunks of bacon the size of lardons.

      1. Obviously bratwurst-here is a fun Wisconsin website that has some good ideas for sides and toppings for brats:
        http://www.bratwurstpages.com/brats.html

          1. I think most appropriately this should be Bavarian food, meaty and bready. Schweinshax'n, Semmelklopse, Sauerbraten, Rouladen, Schnitzel, Bretzn, Würste (Weißwurst an obvious must), Spaetzle (I had a great one with cream, bacon and blue cheese).

            If it were me I would have a coldcut and cheese platter to start, perhaps also a croquette filled with Quark or Bretzn with flavored mustards, Rouladen or Schweinshax'n, sauerkraut and Spaetzle and a hazelnut torte to finish.