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German cuisine

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Heidi B

on 26 September 2013

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German Cuisine
Social traditions
Germany is one of the leading gourmet food regions in Europe. Food and drink is a major part of Germany’s culture, and is reflected in their social traditions and cultural festivities.
Authentic & diverse gastronomic culture
Social traditions - Oktoberfest & special occasions
Food in everyday life - main foods & typical meals
Dining etiquette - rules & norms
What will be covered:
- Social Traditions
- Food in Everyday Life
- Dining Etiquette

German cuisine has evolved as a national cuisine through centuries of social and political change with variations from region to region.
• Cultural festival in Munich
• Traditional Bavarian food
• Beer is a major part of
Germany's culture and history

• Roasted chicken, weisswurst and giant pretzels
• Huge quantities of beer
• Authentic experience

• Good Friday – fish
• Easter Saturday – preparation
• Easter Sunday – large meal of eggs, fruits,
vegetables, brotchen, cakes, jams, cheeses,
• Easter Monday – Easter lamb

• Advent
- Baking Christmas cakes and sweets
- ‘Nikolaustag’ – Nikolaus Day, December 6

• Christmas celebrated December 24
- Extravagant meal
- Goose, carp, cheese fondue, sausages and
potato salads
New Year's Eve
• Sauerkraut
• Seafood
• Pig
• No poultry
• Soup
• Salt & pepper
• ‘Neujahrsbrot'
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demand at the Munich Oktoberfest’, Tourism Economics, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 653-674.

Etiquette Scholar 2011, International Dining Etiquette, viewed 26/09/13,

Buzzle 2013, Traditional German Food, viewed 26/09/13,

The German Way 2013, Dining Etiquette in Germany, viewed 26/09/13,
<www. german-way.com>.

Variety of breads
Locally produced cheeses
Wurst (sausages & cold cuts)
German beer
Food in everyday life
Three meals per day
Traditionally, the main meal is lunch
Families eat together where possible
Typical Meals
Breakfast: Bread, marmalade, pretzels, eggs, cold meat, cheese, sausages, coffee, tea.

- Main meal of the day
- hot meal: soup, stew, meat and veggies, Sauerkraut, potato salad (kartoffel salat), knödel.

Dinner: cold meat, cheese, bread, salad.
Main foods
Dining Etiquette
Using knife and fork
- Fork in left hand
- Knife in right hand
- Move inward when using cutlery

Finger Foods
- Rarely eat with hands
- Exception for hotdogs and hamburgers, etc.
- sparkling water preferred
- beer
- wine
- Aperitifs

Passing Food
- pass dishes to left

- places on lap
- placed beside plate when finished.
Guten Appetit!
- Said before every meal


Hands on the table
- Left hand on table

Try new foods
- insult if you do not try

Clean your plate
- Don't take more then you can eat

Dining with friends
- take a gift
- seating
- the bill
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