Bratwurst -and Beer! Bratwurst and beer are the foods of Oktoberfest. Why? Tradition! Bratwursts were at the original Oktoberfest, – later came the beer.
The first Oktoberfest was a horse race. So yes, bratwursts have a shady past. But the horse race was in honor of the royal wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810. It was a GRAND PARTY!
The citizens of Munich had so much fun that they decided to make the party an annual event. Even if the horses and royalty couldn’t come, there would always be bratwurst. The party turned into a festival of games and attractions. Along came the beer carts which bloomed into beer halls. The party grew. The annual tradition spread overseas.
Wisconsin joins the fun with Oktoberfest celebrations happening this weekend throughout the state.
Not in Wisconsin, but ready to party?
Throw your own Oktoberfest. You buy the beer; we’ll send the brats. Choose from the traditional Nurnberger sausages or the Bavaria kaiser brats. Add that wonderful smokey flavor to the traditional seasonings with smoked bratwursts. Or try bratwursts flavored with peppers, chilis, onions, mushrooms, apples, and even cheese. Don’t like pork? How about chicken bratwurst?
Wisconsin bratwurst chefs make so many different flavors and styles of bratwursts that perhaps it’s best to get a sampler box. Try the different kinds out, choose your favorites.
Yes, if you can’t go to an Oktoberfest in Munich or Wisconsin, then throw your own Oktoberfest party at home with Wisconsin bratwursts. Remember how the songs go: roll out the barrel and bratwursts, ‘cuz in heaven there is no beer.