Get into the Oktoberfest spirit right in your own backyard with savoury Bavarian sausages and ice cold beers that will transport you to Europe with a sip. We’ve rounded up some of the best in brews and eats for an Okotberfest-inspired staycation.
Scarborough is housing some of the city’s best in German-inspired eats. Try the Krainerwurst, which gives you a plate filled with smoked sausages, sauerkraut and a choice of two sides and soup or salad. Complement the meal with a wide array of German beers to suit your tastes, like a pint of Hacker Pschorr Gold or Erdinger Weiss.
Little Bavaria is located at 3222 Eglinton Ave. E.
Feast in style at this Queen West spot that has a trendy, cool interior and delicious food for your Oktoberfest needs. The menu is designed to be shared, so bring the party and select from a variety of combo options, like the Hanover Feast, which includes two bratwurst sausages, one hot kransky sausage, coleslaw, sauerkraut, fries, garlic mayo, currywurst sauce and kosher dills. The spot also has a long list of imported beers straight from the Motherland, like a Kaiserdom Pilsner, a classic hoppy-meets-creamy sip or the crisp and clean Godspeed Otsukerasama Dortmunder, made with German malt, German hops and Canadian water for a uniquely citrusy, spicy pint.
Otto’s Bierhalle is located at 1087 Queen St. W.
Beyond a tap list that runs 50-beers long the Town Crier has also made a name for itself for the traditional German and Belgian food menu. Come to the downtown spot for Currywurst, German sausage in a homemade curry sauce served with house bread to soak up the seemingly endless imported bottles. Try the Zundert Trappist for something slightly sweet, yeasty beer with hints of caramel, overripe banana, clove, chocolate and raisin. Looking for something a little stronger? The bestselling Val-Dieu Triel is a true hoppy beer, with an alcoholic after taste, the perfect pairing for all the savoury, salty and rich German dishes.
Town Crier Pub & Halfway Beer House is located at 115 John St.
Founded in 1953, Vienna Fine Foods is a family-owned European Fine Food store and Delicatessen, focusing on delivering its customers high quality imported foods, fresh meats, award winning cold cuts and sausages, cheeses, cakes, and a wide variety of specialty items. Want to bring the Oktoberfest fun into your own home? You’re in luck! Vienna Fine Foods does Oktoberfest catering, offering a $20 per person prix fixe menu which includes an Oktoberfest sausage, schnitzel on a bun, sauerkraut, potato salad and a pretzel.
Vienna Fine Foods is located at 1050 Birchmount Rd.
Self-described as a “sausage hall and other wonders,” this modern, self-serve spot dishes out tons of artisanal sausages and European craft beer. Diners can customize their sausage by choosing what kind of game they’d like (how does lamb, kangaroo, rabbit or elk sound)? From there, pick your seasonings and style of bun. Plant-based? No problem! Vegans can get in on the Oktoberfest fun with plant-based sausages to choose from, like black bean, tofu or chickpea. Sip on Wvurst’s specialty beer, Freigeist.
Wvrust is located at 609 King St. W.