Rotary Carroll County Oktoberfest MD
Danele Shipley Memorial Arena
Westminster, MD 21157
Saturday, October 7, 2023 12-8
Sunday, October 8, 2023 12-5
Carroll Oktoberfest


The Meats of Oktoberfest

Excited for the tasty, authentic German eats that will be available at the 8th Annual Carroll Oktoberfest?! Here’s a chance to learn a little more about some of the meat-centered dishes you can try at this year’s festival!



Most Americans are familiar with Bratwurst. This German sausage is most commonly made with pork. The name comes from the German brät- which refers to finely chopped meat and Wurst which is the German word for sausage. It is also associated with the verb braten which means ‘to pan fry or roast’.

Beef and veal are used for kosher or halal bratwurst since pork cannot be used for religious reasons.  Bratwurst is served on a bun with traditional toppings like sauerkraut, chopped or grilled onions, and/or brown mustard. More modern and adventurous toppings include pickles, beer sauce, pickled chiles, and chutney.



Made traditionally with only beef, Knockwurst is a short, plump sausage that can be easily discerned from other popular types of German sausage due to its shape. In Germany, this type of sausage is prepared with lots of seasonings and is aged for 2-5 days. The ‘Sailor Sandwich’ is an American sandwich that has been around since World War II and consists of Knockwurst, Pastrami, Swiss cheese, and hot mustard on rye bread.



Translating to “Farmer’s Sausage” in English, Bauernwurst is a German sausage made with smoked and ground beef and pork. Garlic and onion can be found in the sausage as well. Brown mustard and sauerkraut are frequently paired with this sausage, although it is often eaten on a plate rather than on a bun.



In German, the term Schnitzel refers to cutlets of meat. Depending on the region of Germany, you may find this thin, tenderized meat (typically pork or veal)  breaded and fried. Some of the most popular variations of Schnitzel are:

  • Weiner Schnitzel –  Viennese Schnitzel: Breaded and served with lemon slices, often paired with a German potato side dish.
  • Münchner Schnitzel – Munich Schnitzel: Meat cutlet prepared in mustard and/or horseradish before being breaded and fried.
  • Jägerschnitzel – Hunter’s Schnitzel: Served with mushroom sauce, may or may not be breaded and fried before serving.
  • Zigeunerschnitzel – Gypsy Schnitzel: Paired with a sauce containing bell peppers, onion, and tomato.

Our celebration in Westminster, MD will include the above German traditional eats and much more on October 5th & 6th! Come on out and try something new or stick with your classic German faves.

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Danele Shipley Memorial Arena
Westminster, MD 21157
Saturday, October 7, 2023 12-8
Sunday, October 8, 2023 12-5