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Transcript of German cuisine
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
- Baking Christmas cakes and sweets
- ‘Nikolaustag’ – Nikolaus Day, December 6
• Christmas celebrated December 24
- Extravagant meal
- Goose, carp, cheese fondue, sausages and
New Year's Eve
• No poultry
• Salt & pepper
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Variety of breads
Locally produced cheeses
Wurst (sausages & cold cuts)
Food in everyday life
Three meals per day
Traditionally, the main meal is lunch
Families eat together where possible
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.
Using knife and fork
- Fork in left hand
- Knife in right hand
- Move inward when using cutlery
- Rarely eat with hands
- Exception for hotdogs and hamburgers, etc.
- sparkling water preferred
- pass dishes to left
- places on lap
- placed beside plate when finished.
- 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
- the bill